Espelt de Garnatxa Red Wine Vinegar - 375 ml - Catalonia, Spain
This red in color vinegar wine is delicious. Thin in viscosity, when it first reaches your lips it feels luscious, rich, and thick. The tip of the tongue feels the vinegar but the flavor comes to the senses via the lips and a bit of a sting (acid of the vinegar) at the back of the throat.
Three generations of grape and olive growers, Lluís and Quimeta were already renowned growers when they decided to build their own cellar in year 2000. Espelt is their family name, and their son, Damià Espelt, an agricultural engineer, grew the business and took on many of the decisions that now shape Espelt’s wine and vinegar businesses. Anna, Damià´s daughter, is now a biologist and winemaker, and had a clear calling for viticulture and winemaking. Today, she´s in charge of Espelt, focusing on the native varieties and heritage of vine-growing in Empordá – and she is doing an award-winning job at that.
Located in Catalonia, north of Barcelona, near where the famous restaurant, El Bulli, used to be, the terrain dictates much of what they grow, how they grow it, and how their grapes and wines ultimately tastes. The land, shaped like a large amphitheater, overlooks the Mediterranean and is sheltered by the Pyranee Mountains. This unique terrain impacts the seasonal weather, making snow in the winter rare, brings a mild spring, a shaded summer, and perfect fall harvest, most years.
The soil is made up of slate patched with granite. The grape vines grow in both types of soil, which impact the flavor of the grapes and wine. The sandy soil that results from the breakdown of the slate is called saulo. Saulo-grown wines are fresh and elegant and easy drinking, where the slate-grown wines are riper, more tannic and more powerful in flavor.
Espelt focuses on growing grape varietals native to the Mediterranean and the Emporda region, including Grenache, Carinyena, Monastrell, Syrah, Macabeo and Muscatel. It’s the Granache and Muscatel grapes that starts as a sweet single-varietal white (Muscatel) and red (Granache) wine, that is then fermented into the signature Espelt sweet, agro-dolce vinegars.
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