Coming from a single estate, called Finca La Milana, Albet i Noya Finca La Milana is a Spanish red wine produced at the very heart of the Penedès DO. Some of the vines were planted in 1870, thus being over 100 years of age.
The wine is a blend of Tempranillo, Merlot and Caladoc-a crossing of Grenache and Malbec created in 1958.- The grapes come from 11 plots of south-oriented vineyards located at an altitude of 350 metres above sea level.
Separately harvested, the grapes were carefully selected and destemmed. Fermentation lasted 8 days, after which the wine was macerated for a period of 18 days.
Then this organic red wine was drawn off and transferred into French oak barrels, where it was aged for 18 months.
Finally, Albet i Noya Finca La Milana 2015, by the Albet i Noya winery, was neither stabilized nor clarified. To preserve its character, the wine was only delicately filtered before its bottling.
Production of only 10,000 bottles. Decant this red wine from Penedès a minimum of 1 hour before drinking.
This wine won the Vinari d'Or 2019 award to Catalonia's best age-worthy red wine.
The red wine Albet i Noya La Milana has a high, cherry-coloured robe with some ruby glints.
A most interesting aromatic profile this wine by Albet i Noya has. Complex, ever-evolving notes of wild berries and dry earth, alongside notes of spices and a rich panoply of balsamic remembrances, such as lavender, pine needles, resin and underbush.
Medium-bodied, smooth and quite rich, this Crianza red wine shows a remarkable balance between notions of red and black fruit, some mineral nuances and some fresh balsamic hints. La Milana from Penedès has some ripe tannins, a great acidity and a long, savoury finish with remembrances of black fruit and some mineral overtones.
|Our personal opinion||
Unconventional and finely crafted, Albet i Noya Finca La Milana 2015 is drinking wonderfully now, but it also has some excellent years ahead of it. Pair with hearty dishes.
Albet i Noya Finca La Milana 2013:
Same blend plus Cabernet Sauvignon, aged for 13 months in oak. Enterwine 92. Bronze Medal - Decanter World Wines Awards UK 2017. Bronze Medal - Challenge Millésime Bio 2017 France.
Albet i Noya Finca La Milana 2012:
Peñín 92. Guia de Vins de Catalunya (blind tasting) 9,42/10.
Mundus Vini Biofach 2015: Grand Gold Medal. Millésime Bio 2016: Silver Medal. Vinum Nature Organic Wine Fair: Silver Leaf.
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||One hour before serving|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||Yes|
|Is this product free of sulfites?||No|
|Type of ageing||Months in French oak barrels from Allier|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||18|
|Name of Award||Vinari Awards 2019: Vinari d'Or - Best age-worthy red wine. Vins de Qualitat DO Penedès 2018 Contest: Silver Medal|
|Percentage of variety||Caladoc, Tempranillo, Merlot.|
|Pairings||Birds, Cured cheeses, Poultry, Red meat with gravy, Roasted foods, Roasted lamb, Roasted lamb ribs, Roasted red meats|
|Taste||Silky and intense, Tasty with barrel notes|
|Occasion||A special occasion, Business dinner, Dinner with friends, Family reunion, To bring to an engagement|
A wine still in the making. Challenging, with plenty of information to ponder on.
Serious red wine. Impressingly complex, some geeky varieties here I had never heard before. Super good.