This exquisite Spanish red wine comes from L'Empordà, a windswept, northern Catalan region bordering France.
Produced by Vinyes d'Olivardots, Gresa Expressió is made from 4 different varieties planted in different types of soils, a fact that brings a remarkable complexity to the wine.
Namely, the wine is a blend of 41% old-vines, low-yielding Carignan vineyards grown in slate soils, plus 38% Grenache, 15% Syrah & 6% Cabernet Sauvignon grown in sandy and granitic soils-known in Empordà as Gresa.
After a meticulous harvest, the grapes were selected twice and, once in the cellar, they were cold-soaked and fermented in stainless steel tanks and French oak vats.
Then Gresa Expressió 2010 was drawn-off and aged for 18 months in fine-grained French oak barrels with periodic stirrings.
This red wine from L'Empordà was not clarified or filtered before its bottling in May 2012. Finally, it was aged for a further 36 months in the cellar before its release.
Production of 10,600 bottles. Drink until 2023.
Decant a minimum of 1 hour before drinking.
The red wine Gresa Expressió has a bright, medium-high cherry-coloured robe with a violet rim.
This reserve red wine from L' Empordà unveils a complex array of aromatic nuances, beginning with balsam and ripe black fruit that slowly evolve into hints of red berries, some lactic touches and notes of spices, toast and Mediterranean garrigue. On the background, some mineral and earthy undertones.
Palate-coating and bold, this red wine by Vinyes d'Olivardots is textured and remarkably complex. The notes of flowers, balsam and aromatic herbs nicely interact with remembrances of black fruit, liquorice, cocoa and spices. On the background, a pulsating, irresistible mineral beat enlivened by a crisp, sharp acidity and some round tannins. Long, uplifting finish with some bitter remembrances and notes of liquorice.
|Our personal opinion||
The impressive Gresa Expressió 2010 from L'Empordà shows again that the region is capable of producing great wines.
Gresa Expressió 2009:
Enterwine 94. Peñín 93. Gilbert & Gaillard 2016: Gold Medal. Guia de Vins de Catalunya (Blind tasting) 2016: 9,35/10.
Gresa Expressió 2008:
Peñín 93, Parker 88.
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||One hour before serving|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||No|
|Is this product free of sulfites?||No|
|Type of ageing||Months in French oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||18|
|Name of Award||Vinari Awards 2018: Vinari d'Or (Gold Vinari) - Catalonia's Best Age-Worthy Red Wine.|
|Percentage of variety||Cariñena 41%, Garnacha 38%, Syrah 15%, Cabernet Sauvignon 6%.|
|Pairings||Cold meats, Cooked foods, Grilled red meats, Grilled vegitables, Poultry, Rice with meat, Roasted foods, Roasted pork, Roasted red meats, Roasted turkey, Specialty plates, Steak Tartare, Stews, Vegetables, White meat with gravy|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Silky and intense, Tasty with barrel notes|
|Occasion||Barbecue, Business dinner, Dinner with friends, Family reunion, Reunion with colleagues, Romantic Dinner|