1902 /2010

100% Carignane planted in 1902. Purple and depth. Just 3 barrels. Numbered bottles. Priorat embedded.

FEATURES:

  • GRAPE VARIETIES: 100% Carignane planted in 1.902. Centenary Carignane
  • ALCOHOLIC CONTENT: 14%
  • SOILS & VINES: Vineyards are situated at a height of 350/500 meters above sea level on hillsides of pronounced slopes, with the characteristic slate soil called "licorella". The grapes come from vines planted in 1.902 just after the philloxera. Very low yiels: 300 gr per vine.
  • VINTAGE AND CLIMATE: A magnificent vintage. Very cool winter with snow and rain. Rainy spring with moderate temperatures. Fresh summer. Hot August with significant contrast day/night. Temperate and rainy September. A prodigious combination of refinement, subtleness, sharpness and strength. Balance all over.
  • AGEING: The elaboration process followed temperature-controlled fermentation with a total maceration period of about 4/5 weeks what allowed a progressive and excellent extraction. The ageing was of 16 months in new French oak.

The Wine Advocate #227 - Oct. 2016 - 98pts

What a pleasure to taste two vintages of a pure Cariñena from centenary low-yielding vines, which was the case with the 2010 1902, from a superb vintage that had the advantage of some four years in bottle. It has had time to develop further nuances, burn out the baby fat and start showing intense aromas that speak about the Priorat – the dusty roads and the wet slate intermixed with notes of decayed violets and raw meat, powerful and captivating. The palate is simply phenomenal, with ultra–refined tannins and great freshness, while maintaining the rustic elegance the Cariñena is capable of.  My guess is this wine should age effortlessly for 25+ years. Only 850 numbered bottles were filled in April 2012.

HuonHooke.com - Aug. 2015 - 96pts - Gold Ribbon

Vinous - Sept 2014 - Josh Raynolds  - 94pts

Deep ruby. Vibrant, mineral-accented red berry and cherry aromas are complicated by notes of licorice and Asian spices. Lively and precise, offering intense raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that put on weight with air. Powerful yet lithe, even graceful, finishing with outstanding clarity and length and chewy tannins that make a late arrival.

Guía Peñín 2016 - 96pts

Cherry, garnet rim. Mineral, expressive, spicy aroma, candied fruit. Palate: tasty, ripe fruit, long, good acidity, round, powerful.

2010 / Centenary Carignan