A single varietal red wine, Perelada Finca La Garriga is crafted from over 50-year-old Samsó (a.k.a Carignan) vines located in the northern Catalan region of L'Empordà.
During its youth Carignan usually produces wines that are not terribly interesting. However, as the vines grow older its expressivenes, as well as its capacity to convey a real sense of terroir, increase exponentially, thus resulting in truly significant wines.
In this case, the vines of this Spanish red wine by the Castillo Perelada winery grow in clay-limestone soils that have very low levels of organic matter and are covered with sand and gravel. Located near the French border, the vines are constantly swept by a harsh northern wind called Tramuntana.
Harvested by hand, the grapes were fermented, macerated for a long period of time and aged for 18 months in new, fine-grain American oak barrels.
After that, Perelada Finca La Garriga 2013, from the Empordà DO, was aged for a further months in the bottle prior to its release.
Drink now until 2023+.
Decant a minimum of 1 hour before drinking.
The wine Perelada Finca La Garriga has an intense, clean, bright cherry-coloured robe with a garnet rim.
There is real complexity in this varietal Carignan from L'Empordà. Exuberant notions of raisins, blackcurrants and cranberries, combined with aromas of Jamaica pepper, cocoa, fine wood, withered leaves and some deep, compelling mineral undertones.
This red wine by Castillo Perelada is fresh and meaty, with a smooth body and a substantial volume. Juicy notes of red fruit, cocoa, sweet spices, notes of toast and deep mineral remembrances. This Carignan has a crisp acidity, a slightly rugged character and a long, mineral finish. All in all, Finca La Garriga from L'Empordà is a bit compressed right now, and still needs some time to express its full potential.
|Our personal opinion||Slowly reaching its peak, Perelada Finca La Garriga 2013 has some very good years ahead. Give it a try, because the wine truly deserves it.|
Perelada Finca La Garriga 2012:
Enterwine: 90. Peñín 91.
Perelada Finca La Garriga 2011:
Peñín 91. Gold Bacchus. Gold Medal-Sélections Mondiales de Vins (Canada) 2015. Guia de Vins de Catalunya-9,55/10 (Blind tasting).
Perelada Finca La Garriga 2010:
Proensa Guide 2014-91.
|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 American oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||18|
|Name of Award||Mundus Vinis 2016: Gold Medal.|
|Percentage of variety||No|
|Pairings||Birds, Cured cheeses, Game animals, Grilled red meats, Mushrooms, Paté, Red meat with gravy, Rice with meat, Risotto, Roasted foods, Specialty Spanish prosciutto , Stews|
|Taste||Silky and intense, Tasty with barrel notes|
|Occasion||Business dinner, Dinner with friends, Family reunion, To bring to an engagement|
A serious wine indeed. Extremely fresh, with an earthy palate and overall bold nature. Clean and sharp, though. It needs some years to peak.
Yessir!! This wine is REALLY deep and mineral. Bone dry, with cocoa and raspberries dancing on the palate. Superb.