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Pinyeres
2007 Blend

Viticulture

Vineyard: Vineyards located around the town of El Masroig.
Soil Type: Mostly chalky & calcareous.
Vine Age: 30 to 50 years old.
Irrigation: No irrigation
Harvest Date: From the 1st week of September (Merlot) until the 3rd of October (Cabernet Sauvignon).
Yield: 4.5 t/ha

Vinification:

Castell de le Pinyeres is a blend of 40% Carinyena, 40% Garnatxa, the last 20% is a blend of Ull de Llebre, Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot. Ull de Llebre is the name given to Tempranillo in Catalan.
This wine was made using traditional fermentation with indigenous yeast. The two typical regional grapes; Carignan & Grenache are the backbone, the addition of the other less traditional grapes add complexity to the wine.
Aged for 13 months in French (80%) and American (20%) oak barrels first and then aged in stainless steel for 12 months. Bottled early 2010.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Deep ruby red color.
Nose: At first the nose is rich in fruits, then more complexity shows through with clean mineral notes and spices from the aging in oak.
Palate: Again lost of fresh fruits at first, then the white pepper, tobacco, vanilla & chocolate point towards a more complex wine. A beautiful finish with a good sensation of ripe and round tannins, finishing on pleasing soft balance.
Other: A beautifully balanced wine, with fine & soft tannins, it is best enjoyed with rich meaty dishes, this is a very elegant wine.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 14.7
RS (g/l): 1.5
TA (g/l): 5
pH: 3.65
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