Escabeces Terragona Cartoixa Vermell 2021

Escabeces Terragona Cartoixa Vermell 2021

Escabeces Terragona Cartoixa Vermell 2021 Regular price Regular Price: $21.99 Sale price
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92 points Wine Advocate
The characterful rosé 2021 Escabeces was produced with Xarel.lo Vermell grapes, a gris/rosé version of Xarello that is enjoying a revival. They have used different percentages of skins over the years, and in the cooler 2021, the wine continues the austere line of lack of fruit and minerality, serious, a little reductive and with a tasty finish that calls for food. This is more complete than previous vintages; the improvement in viticulture shows, and the wine is very harmonious, balanced and fresh, despite having more ripeness and a tad more alcohol, which also means more complete ripeness of the grapes, more aromas and flavors and a better wine overall. Superb!

This is a brand new wine from René Barbier from the D.O. of Taragona. A few years ago, a farmer acquaintance approached René to see if he’d be interested in making a wine from a small parcel of 65-year-old Cartoixà Vermell, the very rare Catalan grape also known as red Xarel.lo. The trick with this wine is that, while it presents as a rosé, it is made as if it were a red wine. The Cartoixà Vermell, however, never develops a tremendous amount of pigment, so even with a long skin maceration, the wine only achieves a coppery-pink color. The grapes are harvested around 12 degrees of potential alcohol in the beginning of October. From there, they are moved to the winery, where the must ferments on the skins for a period of three weeks to a month in ceramic containers. It is then pressed off the skins to continue its aging in ceramic containers for another 5-6 months and neutral barrels for the remainder of its 18-month élevage.