Oriol Artigas, Alella “La Prats” 6 Bottle Case 75cl

La Prats comes from a tiny 100+ year-old vineyard on granite and limestone soils next to the Mediterranean Sea. The vineyard is planted to at least 16 different grape varieties, and Oriol harvests the vineyard all together each year with his friends on the National Day of Catalunya, September 11th. The grapes are then pressed, allowed to macerate on their skins for about a day, then cofermented and aged in stainless steel tanks.

The blend of white and red grapes gives this wine a pale pink color, somewhere close to rosé. The nose shows delicate notes of pomegranate, citrus and fennel. The palate is denser than the color perhaps suggests, with salty minerality, citrus and pomegranate balanced by gentle tannins and refreshing acidity. As always, a fascinating wine!

Located 15 kilometres north Barcelona, with just 220 hectares Alella is one of Spains smallest and oldest DO’s. The proximity to the Mediterranean, granite soils called Sauló, and a plethora of native vines has inspired a few growers to protect this area from extinction. There is no doubt that the quiet revolutionary Oriol Artigas is at the forefront of this movement. Oriol started making wine to enjoy with friends, but started his project with the 2011 vintage. His overarching philosophy is to “cultivate the vineyards in the most natural and least interventionist way possible, in order to let the grapes express with intensity the soil from which they come from.” He has 7.5 hectares of vineyards, with the majority being planted en vaso, which are very old, and located around his hometown Vilassar de Dalt.

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