Espelt White Blend Empordà Vailet 2010
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.
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