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Celler El Masroig VI Novell 2012

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Montsant, SpainCeller el Masroig Vi Novell is a red blend of 50% Grenache, 35% Carignan and 15% Syrah, from one of our favorite wineries, Celler el Masroig, in the Montsant region of northeast Spain. The Montsant region received DO status in 2001 and lies west of Barcelona bordering on the north of Priorat. Celler el Masroig was founded in 1917 as the Cooperativa of El Masroig. It is an association of grape and olive oil producers with approximately 300 members who are associated owners of the company. The winemaker is the young and dynamic Carles Escolar, who strongly believes in the potential of the Montsant appellation. Jay Miller of Wine Advocate praised the winery in April 2008: "Celler El Masroig, located in the up-and-coming region of Montsant, is a role model for how a cooperative ought to function. The winery keeps only the best grapes and sells off the rest to other producers, some of whom are quite well known. The wines are very fairly priced and offer an excellent price to quality ratio from the top to the bottom of the portfolio." Vi Novell means 'New Wine' in Catalan. This wine is traditionally released on November 11 to celebrate 'San Marti' or Saint Martin.Celler el Masroig Vi Novell is medium in body with a deep ruby color and blue rim. It is earthy with typical Mediterranean aromas, offering a beautiful bouquet of strawberries, raspberries and violets. On the palate it is elegant, silky and well balanced with soft tannins and rich flavors of blackberry, cassis, black cherry and cocoa. The wine is smooth and pleasing on the finish.Enjoy Celler el Masroig Vi Novell over the next 2-3 years with roast pork, grilled sausage, paella and aged cheeses.

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Region: Spain » Catalunya » Tarragona » Montsant

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Celler El Masroig:
The quality and character of a wine are products of the land in which the grapes grow, but also of each of the decisions made in the course of transforming these grapes into a special product to grace our table. In the zone of the Montsant appellation, the soils are mainly chalky, with some zones of clay and slate, all with high minerality and low fertility. The region is mountainous, locate... Read more
The quality and character of a wine are products of the land in which the grapes grow, but also of each of the decisions made in the course of transforming these grapes into a special product to grace our table. In the zone of the Montsant appellation, the soils are mainly chalky, with some zones of clay and slate, all with high minerality and low fertility. The region is mountainous, located at the boundary between the Mediterranean and the continental climates, with a dry summer and winter and a moist spring and fall. Montsant is also a land of old vines, garnacha and cariñena planted just after phylloxera. Vines with very low yields on which the bunches mature evenly and reach optimum concentration at the moment of harvest, just when each grape is at its peak. Read less

External Reviews for Celler El Masroig VI Novell

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Source: Wine Gems @ Perriello's
04/06/2015

Montsant, SpainCeller el Masroig Vi Novell is a red blend of 50% Grenache, 35% Carignan and 15% Syrah, from one of our favorite wineries, Celler el Masroig, in the Montsant region of northeast Spain. The Montsant region received DO status in 2001 and lies west of Barcelona bordering on the north of Priorat. Celler el Masroig was founded in 1917 as the Cooperativa of El Masroig. It is an association of grape and olive oil producers with approximately 300 members who are associated owners of the company. The winemaker is the young and dynamic Carles Escolar, who strongly believes in the potential of the Montsant appellation. Jay Miller of Wine Advocate praised the winery in April 2008: "Celler El Masroig, located in the up-and-coming region of Montsant, is a role model for how a cooperative ought to function. The winery keeps only the best grapes and sells off the rest to other producers, some of whom are quite well known. The wines are very fairly priced and offer an excellent price to quality ratio from the top to the bottom of the portfolio." Vi Novell means 'New Wine' in Catalan. This wine is traditionally released on November 11 to celebrate 'San Marti' or Saint Martin.Celler el Masroig Vi Novell is medium in body with a deep ruby color and blue rim. It is earthy with typical Mediterranean aromas, offering a beautiful bouquet of strawberries, raspberries and violets. On the palate it is elegant, silky and well balanced with soft tannins and rich flavors of blackberry, cassis, black cherry and cocoa. The wine is smooth and pleasing on the finish.Enjoy Celler el Masroig Vi Novell over the next 2-3 years with roast pork, grilled sausage, paella and aged cheeses.


External Review
Source: Wine Gems @ Perriello's
03/05/2015

Montsant, SpainVinification:This is a blend of Grenache and Carignan.Carbonic and traditional fermentation over five days and pressed. It is made using indigenous yeast. The alcoholic fermentation was finished off without the skins in underground tanks.It is vinified and bottled almost immediately to be released on the 11th of November every year.VI NOVELL & TRADITION'Per Sant Marti Mata el Porc I enceta el Vi' - 'On St Martin's Day, a Porc is slaughtered and it is the start of a New Wine' . (Catalan saying)Vi Novell means 'New Wine' in Catalan. This wine is traditionally released on November 11 to celebrate 'San Marti' or Saint Martin. On the 4th Century, San Marti was a soldier and on a snowy and cold night he gave half of his cloak to a beggar to save him from the cold. The following night he had a vision of Christ wearing the half of the cloak he had given away to the beggar. Christ then told angels who accompanied him that he was 'Saint Martin the non baptized soldier who clothed him'. After this vision he became a christian and created the first monastery in western Europe, in the Loire region of France, and became a monk.Hi is now celebrated almost everywhere in Western & Eastern Europe, especially in France, Germany (he was born in Germany), Austria, Hungary etc. and also in Spain. The 11th of November has become St. Martin's Day. It is also the 1st World War Armistice day and the date was chosen to mark St. Martin Day. On 11 November St. Martin is celebrated in many ways throughout Europe; as a tradition in Germany a cattle is slaughtered or a goose is roasted, in Portugal it is the first day that a new wine may be tasted and chestnuts are also traditionally served, in Spain it is the day when a pig is slaughtered. Fattened pigs are slaughtered for the winter and a popular Spanish saying goes 'Every pig has its St. Martin's day', which also means that every sinner will have its day. St. Martin's day also marks the start of the 40 days fasting period, it is also the start of the Advent in the Christian calendar.Tasting Notes:Color:Ruby with some blue on the rim when young.Nose:Intense red fruit (strawberries & raspberries) with notes of violets. Earthy with typical Mediterranean aromas.Palate:Fresh and fruity at first, with hints of cacao, bold tannins, very fruity on the finish with good acidity.Other:Light to medium bodied and well balanced, great as a stand alone as well as with grilled meat and pork of course!



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