Friday, April 06, 2007

MASIA CARRERAS COSTA BRAVA EMPORADA - 2003

This 14.8% alcohol wine consists mostly of traditional grape varieties from the Grenache and Caignan areas, from well establsighed vines which are between 50 and 80 years old and of small yield. It is a blend of 50% Grenache, 35% Carignan, 5% Tempranillo, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Syrah. The wine was aged in French Allier oak barrels for 18 months and is unclarified and unfiltered.

TASTING NOTES:

Dark ruby color with chocolate rum cake, berries and toast on the nose. Flavors of cherry liquor, cocoa, pain grille, black fruit and roses. Smooth with lots of power and finesse and a nice harmonious finish.

SCORE & RECOMMENDATION:

91+ PTS
Perhaps a bit young but still really impressive right now. The nose straight out of the bottle is sexy and seductive. This Spanish blend sports the Jorge Ordonez stamp of approval on the label. Retails for around $30.

3 Comments:

  • It's definitely impressive how such a little winery as Celler Martí Carreras in Sant Climent Sescebes can reach the East Coast of the States.
    Let me tell you that this coin of Northern Catalonia, near the French border, contains some of our most appreciate and unknown vineyards in Spain, very near to the coast if not directly seing the Mediterranean sea: we say in Catalan "vinyes verdes vora el mar", "green vineyards close to the sea": this gives to these wines a very special flavour, specially including thyme and marjoram scents. The paradigm, in my humble oppinion, for this kind of wines, represented as well by this Masia Carreras, is Castell de Perelada Finca Garbet, a wine to be searched and tasted (certainly very much expensive that this Masia Carreras).
    My deepest consideration and admiration for your strong capacity of finding and tasting wines absolutely all over the world.
    Cheers,
    Joan

    By Blogger J. Gómez Pallarès, at Sunday, April 08, 2007 4:16:00 AM  

  • Thanks J!

    Always a pleasure to hear your insights.

    By Blogger Winecentric, at Sunday, April 08, 2007 10:42:00 AM  

  • Just had the '01 on Saturday. Out of this world! Soft yet powerful, a finish that will linger for the entire night. These guys are impossible to find, so am ordering a case from the internet. Tastes like a $40+ wine

    By Blogger Global, at Tuesday, August 07, 2007 12:21:00 PM  

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