Winery: En Nùmeros Vermells
Region: Catalunya (D.O.Q. Priorat)
Grape Varieties: 70% Garnatxa and Garnatxa Peluda 30% Carignan
Type: Red wine aged in oak
Alcohol Volume: 15.5%
Serving Temperature: 16º - 18º
En Números Vermells is Silvia Puig’s individual project, a young but very experienced winemaker with a formidable C.V. when it comes to winemaking and belonging to a new generation of winemakers in the Priorat. She makes small amounts of amazing wines in a very artisanal way. It started with producing just 1 single barrique in 2008 in a small garage converted for this in the village of Torroja, now she has her own place in the village of Gratallops where she produces the wines. All the fruit is carefully selected from different plots staggered in Costers (Catalan word meaning steeply slopes) and terraces with soils dominated by the characteristic “llicorella” or slate in different points of the Priorat.
Production: The Black Label is a cuvee of mainly Grenache (both Negra and peluda, “hairy Grenache”), and Carignan sourced from old vines planted in Costers. The fruit is sourced from different vineyards across Priorat’s best sites, mainly around Torroja and Bellmunt del Priorat although also from vineyards in Poboleda. Harvested by hand, fermentation takes place in open 300 and 500 L. French oak barrels (new and used) and in clay amphoras with a long maceration of about 25 to 32 days. Afterward it ages in the same barriques where it will spend 13 months. 57 Magnums made.
Tasting Notes: The wine is intense and rich with complex bouquet, showing powerful fruit especially red fruits, licorice and spice, fresh herbs, fennel and marked by the characteristic minerality. On the palate is warm and generous, marked tannins with a good balance between fruit and acidity. Finishes long and warm.
Note: With a good structure to age, it will improve in cellar during the next 10/12
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