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2004 Celler Laurona, Montsant

Celler Laurona, Image from Y Vinos

Celler Laurona was founded in 1999 as a joint venture between Christopher Cannan owner of Europvin and Rene Barbier of Clos Mogador. The intent was to produce high quality wines from the new Montsant Denominació d’Origen (DO). The estate is named after the sole vineyard of distinction that Pliny the Elder mentioned in Tarragona. Tarragona was the Roman capital of Hispania.  The Grenache and Carignan come from old vines. The Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot come from newer plantings. This basic wine is aged in mostly new 500 liter casks. Christopher Cannan has since left the venture and was replaced by Josep Mainat, Marcos Santana and Toni Cruz.

View Towards Montsant, December 2009, Image by jlipscomb (flickr)

The Montsant DO sits at the foot of the Montsant mountain and encompasses the villages around Falset. It was originally part of the Tarragona DO.  Montsant encompasses 5,000 registered acres and the older Priorat encompasses 4,000 acres.  While they both share the temperate Mediterranean climate, Montsant receives more sun.  The soils are of prime difference too.  Priorat is composed of granite-like soils called llicorella intermixed with bands of red earth where as Montsant has three types.

Map of Montsant, Image from Montsant DO

The DO was granted in September 2001 with the inaugural vintage being 2000.  The DOC almost completely encircles the Priorat DO.  The land varies from rolling hills to mountainous.  There are three types of soils: compact soils with limestone-base, gravelly soils from eroded granitic sands, and stony soils made up of  llicorella.  The climate varies as well.  The southern vineyards experience a Mediterranean climate while the mountainous vineyards are protected from the sea-breezes and have a large day and night temperature swing.  55% of the vines are over 20 years old.

There are a handful of bottles left of this wine at MacArthur’s.  For $25 it is a strong buy for this modern-hybrid style of wine.

2004 Celler Laurona, Montsant
This wine is a blend of 50% Grenache, 25% Merlot, 15% Syrah, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.  It has a light+ nose of gritty, red/blue fruit and a slight aroma of tobacco and wood.  In the mouth, this medium-bodied wine show gritty blue fruit with some weight.  Immediately, there are medium-textured tannins that last through the finish.  There are dark berries in the aftertaste.  This wine reminds me of a Spanish/southern-Rhone hybrid.  With its southern-Rhone profile this wine is still young and is several years away from maturity.  Decant it for 2-3 hours if you drink it now.  ***(*) 2015-2019.

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