Vall del Calàs

Tasting note:

Deep red colour; Complex aromas of ripe dark fruit, wild herbs and berries; very spicy; some vanilla, dark exotic fruit flavour nuances; intensive and concentrated; complex but still elegant; perfectly balanced with nicely vibrant acidity; elegant Glycerin sweetness; serious ripe tannin structure

Food pairing: 

Braised veal shank, Game, rabbit, crispy duck, partridge, BBQ, stew, marinated baby porc back ribs

Grape varieties: 

65% Merlot
30% Garnacha
- Garnacha del Pais (catalan, indigenous clone)
- Garnacha Peluda („hairy“ leaves; imported from Southern France after Phylloxera
5% Tempranillo

temperature controlled fermentation (27-29ºC; indegenous yeast)
mazeration time: 15-25 days; all three varieties were vinified separately
malo-lactic fermentation started in tank and finished in barrel
no finning
not cold stabilized, light filtration

13 month aged in new to two years old French oak barrels (228l);
light and medium toasted
no racking
after blending aged for 6 months in tank before bottling

up to 15 years old high altitude (1800 feet)  Merlot vines
plus 40 to 85 years old Garnacha vines
25 years old Tempranillo
soil: clay, granit; Muschelkalk, several plots of slate
slopes and old granite terraces
prunning:
- Garnacha: traditional bush vines;
- Merlot, Tempranillo: on „Wire“

by hand, in 20kg boxes, hand sorted „on the table“
Merlot, at the high altitude valley of „Calas“, becomes the latest ripening variety in Capçanes which gives an unknown almost masculin Merlot style with some serious tannin structure; at 1600-1800feet it is picked at Mid/End of octobre offering a very long vegetation cycle.
yield: 
- 750 to 1200g  per vine
- 30-45hl/ha

14  % vol. Alcohol
5,5 g/l acidity (tartaric)
<3 g/l residual sugar

9.500 bottles (75cl.)

Wine Up 2015

  • Vall del Calàs 2011: 88.38p. Rojo picota ribete morado. Nariz compleja, mineral, fruta roja y negra. Balsámico. Tostados y cacao. En boca carnoso, fresco, balsámico, fonal tostados y fruta.

"LA GUIA de vins de Catalunya", 2014:

  • Vall del Calàs 2010, 9.01p: Llaminer/ Potent/ Especiat

"Guía Peñín de los vinos de España", 2014, Spain:

  • Vall del Calàs 2011 90p Vino Excelente 50% merlot, 35% garnacha, 15% tempranillo. Color cereza muy intenso. Aroma especiado, fruta madura, tostado, especias dulces. Boca potente, buena acidez, amargoso.

"Restaurant Wine" newsletter, by Ronn Wiegand, USA 2013:

  • Vall del Calàs 2010, ★★★★+ EXCELLENT quality:Full bodied and ripely flavored; a Merlot blend has intense fruitiness (blueberry, cherry, red currant), evident oakiness, and a very long, lightly tannic finish. Has spicy, toasty, woody overtones. 65% Merlot, 30% Garnacha, 5% Tempranillo. Aged 13 months in French oak barrels, partially new.

"Peñin Guide, Top wines from Spain", Spain, 2013/2014:

  • Vall del Calàs 2009 90p Colour: cherry, garnet rim. Nose: ripe fruit, spicy, creamy oak, complex. Palate: powerful, flavourful, toasty, round tanins.

"Guía Palacio de los mejores vinos Iberoamericanos" Spain, June 2013

  • Vall del Calàs 2010,  94+p

"Guía Peñín" de los vinos de españa 2013, Spain:

  • "Vall del Calàs 2009"  90p Color cereza, borde granate. Aroma fruta madura, especiado, roble cremoso, complejo. Boca potente, sabroso, tostado, taninos maduros.

“The Wine Advocate”, Robert Parker, USA:

  • "Vall del Calas 2009”:  90 p “…a layered, succulent wine with loads of spicy fruit, a firm structure, and a lengthy, pure finish”
  • "Vall del Calas 2007”:  90 p
  • "Vall del Calas 2004”:  90 p
  • "Vall del Calas 2001”:  93 p “…A super bargain, the dense ruby/purple color …offers lovely aromas of crème de cassis, melted licorice, crushed rocks, pepper and spice. It possesses superb fruit, an opulent texture, medium to full body, beautiful purity, and an alluring multidimensional mouthfeel…”
  • "Vall del Calas 1998”:  90 p

"Wine- plus", Germany 2012: 

  • "Vall del Calàs 2009": 89 p "Tart nose, black berries and sour cherries, touch of candied herbs, mineral notes in the background. Ripe, firm, predominantly dark fruit on the palate, touch of chocolate and malted notes, integrated oak, fairly prominent, fairly mature tannins, very creamy, good persistence and has some depth, still young, mineral and herbaceous traces in the background, noticeable, but integrated alcohol, juniper, elegant spice, slightly astringent on a very good juicy finish. Becomes more firm with aeration, alcohol becomes fully integrated."

”International Wine Cellar”, Stephen Tanzer, USA

  • “Vall del Calas´98”: 89 p

Wine-guide “Mondo-Weine der Welt”, Germany:

  • Vall del Calas´02”: 90 p
  • Vall del Calas´01”: 91 p
  • Vall del Calas´00”: 90-91 p
  • Vall del Calas´99”: 89 p

Wine Guide “Andres Proensa”, Spain:

  • “Vall del Calas´02”: 93P
  • “Vall del Calas´01”: 89P

Wine Guide “Guia de Vinos Gourmets”, Spain:

  • “Vall del Calas´99”: 8/10 p

Wine Magazine“Perswijn”, Netherlands:

  • ”Vall del Calas´03”: 15 p
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