Mas Martinet, Camí Pesseroles Priorat, 2018
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Limpid violet. Expansive aromas of red and dark berry preserves, cola, incense and candied violet; a penetrating, smoky mineral quality adds focus. A core of juicy acidity supports sweet, deep-pitched cherry, blueberry and spicecake flavors that gain weight in the glass. The impressively long, persistent finish features polished tannins that frame lingering blue fruit and floral notes.
The red 2018 Camí Pesseroles was named after the vineyard where the Garnacha and Cariñena grapes come from, a plot co-planted in 1939. The whole clusters were foot trodden and then fermented in two open-top 500-liter chestnut wood barrels and an oak vat with indigenous yeasts for almost three weeks. The wine was pressed and matured in 650-liter chestnut and acacia, cherry and oak wood barrels. The wine is only 13.5% alcohol and in this cool vintage has retained very good freshness. It has the elegant and fresh style of all these reds; the wines are precise, aromatic and open. This is surprisingly elegant for Cariñena, a grape that almost always has a rustic touch. 2,132 bottles and some larger formats were filled in June 2020.