2019 Terroir Sense Fronteres Montsant Vèrtebra de la Figuera

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A ripe, fruity wine with strawberry and plum character, medium body and round, soft tannins. Lovely texture and richness, but in a delicate way. Luxurious. Drink or hold.
James Suckling
The Brief
Alcohol
13.5%
Net Volume
750ml
Vintage
2019
Light Dark
Wine Scale 3
How's it taste?
The ‘spine of Figuera’ is 100% Garnacha from three old, high-altitude plots in the village of La Figuera, near the old slate-mining villages of El Lloar and El Molar. La Figuera is technically in the comarca (or county) of Priorat, although wines made from La Figuera’s Garnacha grapes fall under the DO Montsant, not the DOQ Priorat. Go figuera. At 700-800 metres of elevation on the slopes of the Montsant mountain range, these vineyards are among the highest in the region. The soils are red clay/limestone with layers of gypsum, so they are alkaline rather than acid. The fruit grown here produces wines that are so uniquely elegant and fresh that local growers refer to their vines as ‘Garnatxa Fina’. The oldest vines for this cuvée are 80 years old, with an average age of 60 years. Regarding the vinification, Vèrtebra de la Figuera was 100% whole-bunch fermented, raised in concrete for eight months and bottled unfiltered. Another WOW wine. Garnatxa Fina has a thin skin, producing a wine that is paler than the Negre bottling but with spellbinding aromatics that (and we’re showing our age now) remind of the great Rayas Châteauneuf du Papes made by Jacques Reynaud in the 80s and early 90s. There is a kaleidoscope of aromas ranging from wild strawberries and kirsch to mountain herbs such as thyme and sage. This leads onto a palate which is concentrated and textured, yet refined and elegant. Silky yet persistent tannins round off a wine that can be enjoyed now (with anything from pork belly to quail and duck), but will also keep improving for many years to come. This is just beautiful.
How was it made?
The ‘spine of Figuera’ is 100% Garnacha from three old, high-altitude plots in the village of La Figuera, near the old slate-mining villages of El Lloar and El Molar. La Figuera is technically in the comarca (or county) of Priorat, although wines made from La Figuera’s Garnacha grapes fall under the DO Montsant, not the DOQ Priorat. Go figuera. At 700-800 metres of elevation on the slopes of the Montsant mountain range, these vineyards are among the highest in the region. The soils are red clay/limestone with layers of gypsum, so they are alkaline rather than acid. The fruit grown here produces wines that are so uniquely elegant and fresh that local growers refer to their vines as ‘Garnatxa Fina’. The oldest vines for this cuvée are 80 years old, with an average age of 60 years. Regarding the vinification, Vèrtebra de la Figuera was 100% whole-bunch fermented, raised in concrete for eight months and bottled unfiltered. Another WOW wine. Garnatxa Fina has a thin skin, producing a wine that is paler than the Negre bottling but with spellbinding aromatics that (and we’re showing our age now) remind of the great Rayas Châteauneuf du Papes made by Jacques Reynaud in the 80s and early 90s. There is a kaleidoscope of aromas ranging from wild strawberries and kirsch to mountain herbs suc(more...)
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94 Points
James Suckling
A ripe, fruity wine with strawberry and plum character, medium body and round, soft tannins. Lovely texture and richness, but in a delicate way. Luxurious. Drink or hold.
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