Two From Terra Alta

I like the wines of Catalonia which includes such regions as Priorat, Montsant, Terra Alta, and Emporda. Located in the north-east portion of Spain Catalonia is anchored at one end by Barcelona. Vineyard locations vary from lower, coastal areas which experience a hot Mediterranean climate to higher altitude (800 meters) locations with cooler weather. Terra Alta is located in the south-western portion of Catalonia. The vineyards in this region are located amongst mountains and valleys where there are long, hot, and dry summers followed by cold winters. While I enjoyed both of these wines the Edetana was my particular favorite. There is a good balance all around between the nose, approachfulness, and structure that make it an enjoyable drink. The ay de mi was too jammy for me at first but then it developed some interesting flavors. Though its embracable personality make it drinkable now I think this is best cellared for a few years. Both of these wines are available at Despana Vinos y Mas.

2009 Bodega Edeteria, Edetana, Terra Alta – $21
Imported by T. Edwards Wines. This wine is a blend of 70% Garnacha, 20% Garnacha Peluda, and 10% Carinena sourced from 20-40 year old vines. The varietals are fermented with indigenous yeasts than separately aged for 12 months in 300 liter French oak. In the glass the color is a light to medium cherry with purple tinge. The nose revealed drier red fruits with some smoked meats and wood. In the mouth the weighty but lithe red fruit mixes with very stoney minerals as a lot of chewy, drying tannins come out. There is a bit of a woodsy note as the wine reveals more structure along with a saline profile with air. *** Now-2022.

2009 Vins del Tros, Ay de mi, Terra Alta – $22
Imported by Avant-Garde Wines & Spirits. This wine is a blend of Garnacha and Syrah. This is a light to medium color of cherry and garnet. In the mouth there is a lightly ripe berry nose which is a touch jammy. In the mouth there is cool ripeness to the black and red fruit with powdery tannins, good acidity, and a finish of black fruit. The wine is a bit chewy which matches the good fruit core cloaked by animale flavors. With hours of air it develops lots of spices, minerals, a touch of ink but still has some jammyness. **(*) 2015-2019.

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