About Priorat. A historic wine region with (very steep) rocky vineyards as well as a rocky history. in 1194 the leader of the Spanish reconquest (from the Moors) granted the Carthusian order of monks land and a monastery in Escaladei which translates to “stairway to heaven”. Wine production soon flourished in the region under the care of the monks.
The region is characterized by its hot summers tempered by the altitude of the vineyards as well as cold winters tempered by the influence of the Mediterranean. Spanish Grenache and Carignan have always been the backbone of Priorat wines and the slate filled terraced land imparts a special flavor to its wines. In honor of the roots of Priorat’s wine culture this wine is named “ll94”
About Pertinet: After decades languishing under Franco’s rule this important region was replanted and revived in the 20th century and these wines from wineries that combine the past and the present have been incredibly received by wine lovers around the world. This wine in particular is very New World and modern in style with great extraction, ripeness and plenty of new French oak. The Pertinent winery finished planting its vineyards in the early 2000’s and is a small production high quality winery.
About the wine: Pertinet “1194” is an incredible blend of mainly old vines Grenache and Carignan tempered with a judicious amount of Syrah. The fruit is sourced from the Mas Vells and Pendents vineyards both at considerable altitude with very mature vine age.
Winemaking: Hand harvest and cold maceration is followed by fermentation is in large 600L barrels and 20% in stainless to preserve fruit character. then post fermentation aging is a generous 18 months in 100% new French oak. The result is a lush, rich wine with layers of flavor and a lengthy finish. The wine has great complexity ranging from aromas and flavors of red fruit, toast, stone dust and savory flavors with fresh acidity to balance the density and weight.
Blend: 60% Garnatxa, 37% Carinyena, 3% Syrah