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2008 Celler Espelt, Saulo, Emporda


Emporada-Costa Brava Denominació d’Origen (DO)  was created in 1972 but has never fully recovered from Phylloxera and the World Wars.  The DO is located just inland along Spain’s rugged north-eastern coast.  Vineyards were first planted by the Phoenicians in the 5th century BC.  The hillside vineyards are often terraced and must be planted below 200 meters in altitude.  They are constantly subject to Mediterranean winds.

The Espelt family have grown grapes for several decades but only started bottling their own wine in 2000.  The are the largest land owner in the region with over 500 acres.  Of these, 130 acres are old-vine Carignan planted in 1930.  They produce wine in a modern style.  The Saulo comes from a 50/50 blend of Grenache and Carignan grown on sandy soil.  The wine spends several months in barrel and in stainless steel tanks.

2008 Celler Espelt, Saulo, Emporda
This wine has a light+ nose of candied fruit that is a bit earthy.  The scented red and purple fruits combine with some spice.  There is good mouthfeel, a soft midpalate, then develops a tartness in the finish.  A strong value.  *** Now-2015.

  1. Hudin
    July 8, 2013 at 5:56 am

    The wines that Anna has been producing in the last few years have really upped their game a great deal. The ones from 5-7 years ago, while good didn’t express as much as they are now. She took over as president of the company and is taking things in a good direction. That and she’s a really fantastic person to chat with.

    -miquel
    Vinologue Empordà

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