Espectacle del Montsant 2014

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Alcohol: 15%

Grape(s): Grenache

Localization: Montsant, Spain

Tasting Notes: Its color is surprisingly intense compared to previous vintages. Bright, airy and deep, it delights us with a lush appearance in which clear violet notes on a ruby background can be distinguished. The wine initially evokes notes of red fruits on a well defined floral background. Rose and violet notes quickly appear. These are surrounded by increasing complexity in which cocoa and cassis are clearly distinguished. Gradually, as it aerates, the wine's aroma expands and characteristic notes of orange blossom appear. In the month it is opulent and very unctuous. Almost immediately its intense, agreeable texture caresses the palate giving very pleasant sensations and leaving us with a pleasant and long finish.

97 points Robert Parker's Wine AdvocateThe cooler and more austere 2014 Espectacle del Montsant could have some similarities with 2008. It has beautiful floral aromas and hints of orange peel and wet stones. It has a serious, balanced, and austere palate, a closer expression of Espectacle, with contained ripeness and an earthier, more mineral finish. It's very different from 2015, which is possibly a more classical expression of the vineyard, while this 2014 is quite unique and different. But I like this austerity very much. Around 6,000 bottles were filled from one 4,500-liter oak foudre. It was bottled in May 2016.

The Domain: The project is jointly owned by Réné and Isabelle Barbier, Fernando and Marta Zamora (Oenologists and teachers at the University of Tarragona), and Charlotte and Christopher Cannan. Espectacle is a tiny production of old vines Garnacha made by Rene Barbier, Sr. The 100-year-old Garnacha vines come from a dramatic and steep vineyard. Rene refers to this vineyard as the "L'Ermita of Monsant."

This outstanding new wine comes from a single, very steep vineyard planted with over 100-year-old Grenache vines. The vineyard is located at La Figuera, on the northern edge of the Montsant D.O., and looks onto the famous Montsant mountain as well as having spectacular views of the Ebro valley and even the distant Pyrenees 200 km away. Hence the name!