Espelt White Blend Empordà Vailet 2010

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From organic and biodynamically farmed 90+-year-old Garnacha grown on slate and granite soils. Not yet reviewed; 2009 vintage rated 87 points by International Wine Cellar: Bright ruby. Pungent aromas of dark berries and cherry pit, with a hint of dark chocolate. Wound up tight, reluctantly offering up dense blackberry and cassis flavors and a bitter chocolate note. A tough read, but there's good concentration and depth. These are reportedly old vines, some planted more than a century ago on slate and granitic soil.

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Espelt:
Espelt grows grapes in several properties in the area, and the vines we’re looking at are just 60 years old. Anna’s family has been farming in the region for generations, but just opened the winery ten years ago. Hills and mountains carve up the plains and coastal territory in the region, meaning that depending upon where you are, you could be a in a different microclimate. Right now we’re furt... Read more
Espelt grows grapes in several properties in the area, and the vines we’re looking at are just 60 years old. Anna’s family has been farming in the region for generations, but just opened the winery ten years ago. Hills and mountains carve up the plains and coastal territory in the region, meaning that depending upon where you are, you could be a in a different microclimate. Right now we’re further inland among low-rolling hills, and mountains loom on the horizon. The next stop on our tour is a jagged rock ledge about seven feet tall along the side of the road, which Anna shows us to illustrate the qualities of Empordà soil. The top layer is sandy, and below that, granite. Anna plucks a plant that resembles rosemary from the ground. “This tells us the land is acidic,” she explains and hands it to me. I break the leaves, rub them between my fingers, and wonder if this herbaceous smell will be present in the wines we’ll taste later. Read less

Member Reviews for Espelt White Blend Empordà Vailet

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Snooth User: jtryka
3127992,084
4.00 5
01/01/2013

This particular wine has a very dark, brooding color in the glass, a bit unusual for a Garnacha which in my experience tends to be a bit lighter. The nose over very pleasant, with notes of ripe berries, smoke and the faintest hint of woodsy earthiness. The taste is a burst of ripe fruit at the outset, ripe berries and plums, that quickly transition to some floral notes intermingled with spice that really makes this wine interesting. The youthful tannins play nicely for a long, smooth finish (we're talking 30+ seconds here!). See my full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2013/01/2010-espelt-old-vines-garnacha.html


Snooth User: jcarney
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 06/13/2010

Four glasses


Snooth User: karmen
2889326
2.00 5
Vintage: 2005 07/22/2007

Two glasses


External Reviews for Espelt White Blend Empordà Vailet

External Review
Vintage: 2006 04/09/2008

The Costa Brava, on the northeast coast of Spain, is a wind-swept region that has lately been making some very exciting wines. The Espelt White is made from a blend of Grenache Blanc and Macabeo. Light and refreshing, with salty mineral nuances and a lemon-lime finish, this is a perfect go-to white wine.


External Review
Vintage: 2005 07/11/2007

The Costa Brava, on the northeast coast of Spain, is a wind-swept region that has lately been making some very exciting wines. The Espelt white is made from a blend of Grenache Blanc and Macabeo. Light and refreshing, with salty mineral nuances and a lemon-lime finish, this is perfect as a go-to summer quaffer.



From organic and biodynamically farmed 90+-year-old Garnacha grown on slate and granite soils. Not yet reviewed; 2009 vintage rated 87 points by International Wine Cellar: Bright ruby. Pungent aromas of dark berries and cherry pit, with a hint of dark chocolate. Wound up tight, reluctantly offering up dense blackberry and cassis flavors and a bitter chocolate note. A tough read, but there's good concentration and depth. These are reportedly old vines, some planted more than a century ago on slate and granitic soil.

Dietary Information: Organic


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