Garbo Red2014 GARBÓ RED

Tasting Notes

Color: Star bright cherry red
Nose: Intense, with many nuances. Red fruits predominate, accompanied by toasty notes, roast coffee beans, vanilla and some neat minerality.
Palate: Particularly lively on the palate, full of flavor and well structured; soft, approachable tannins, with a good depth of fruit on the finish.

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2014 was an atypical year in the area, notably for the abundant rain and the cool temperatures during the ripening season. The strange, unpredictable weather at the beginning of autumn, epitomized by period of rain and relatively high humidity made us decide to bring forward the final phases of the harvest in order to keep the grapes healthy. We also intensified our selection of grapes in the vineyard for the same reason.

Following a rigorous selection process in the vineyard, the grapes were destalked and crushed and then fermented in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures. Fermentation was managed with the objective of creating a particularly fresh, fruity wine, both of which attributes characterized this vintage in the area. Maceration lasted 12 days, and the wine was then aged in third year French and American oak barrels for five months.

The Region

The Denominación de Origen (D.O.) of Montsant [mont-SANT] was created in 2001, carved out of the much larger D.O. of Tarragona. It virtually encircles the famed Priorat D.O. The Montsant region is a few hours drive southwest of Barcelona and only a few miles from the Mediterranean. 

The landscape, like Priorat, is rugged and stony, with centuries-old hand-hewn terraces climbing the steep mountain sides with a Mediterranean climate. As in Priorat, the best wines of the region are red. The wines are often very concentrated with deep color and high alcohol, due to rainfall and the warm summer climate. Traditional grapes include Syrah, Garnacha and Cariñena. There are small plantings of Garnacha Blanca and Macabeo for white wines.

The Blend

Merlot and Tempranillo