3 months in French and American Oak Barrels
Houston Rodeo International Wine Competition 2011 Uncorked, Silver Medal.
DO Terra Alta has the ability to ripen a variety of grapes; so this blend of Garnacha, Tempranillo, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon shows ripe expressions of each of those varieties. Ripe cherries and strawberries from the Garnacha, riper cherries from the Tempranillo, and black pepper from the Garnacha, the Syrah and the Cabernet, along with Cab’s herbal, cedar aromas. There’s lots of barrel-derived spice and vanilla to create a framework for the wine. Cellar for a year and then drink over the next five years or so.
Ludovicus, a mineral, spicy Mediterranean red, will surprise you. The wine is made from organically grown grapes in Terra Alta, a high-elevation region located south of Barcelona. "Ludovicus" refers to a Roman soldier who planted vineyards in this area; hence, the grape growing tradition in Terra Alta began with the Romans.
About the Winery
Celler Pinol is located in Batea, Terra Alta, the most southern region of Cataluna. At 1,640 feet above sea level, the area is characterised by a medieval appearance and the sprinkling of small towns throughout the mountains and countryside. The climate is Mediterranean, with hot summers, cold winters, and a day to night temperature contrast that increases the maturation rate of our grapes. Low annual rainfall and generous sunlight yield great fruit, boasting all the characteristics of truly good wine. In addition to the favorable climate, the calcareous brown soil has proportionally little clay and is poor in organic matter, which allows lower production and a greater complexity and intensity in our wines.