Ritme Celler Priorat Tinto 2018

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Tasting Notes

Aromas of earth, meat leather, and bramble are joined by wild blackberries and other dark fruits. Silky black currants and mulberries meet tapenade and toast. Fine tannins and moderate acidity provide structure for this hefty wine.

This is a wine to be served with red meats, roasted foods and hearty fare. Try it with rosemary and peppercorn spiced lamb chops or a hearty stew, think beans or lentils. This wine would stand up nicely next to rich tomato-based pasta dishes as well.

 

Helmed by the energetic, free-wheeling Albert Jané, Ritme (Catalan for ‘rhythm’) Celler is based in La Vilella Alta, just north of the village of Gratallops. The vineyards are steep and soils are mostly of the decomposed slate known locally as llicorella. The core holdings are 35- to 80-year-old bush vines of Garnatxa and Carignan (with a particular emphasis on Carignan—also known locally as Samsó or Carinyena) sprinkled with Garnatxa Blanca, Macabeu, and a few other varieties. These are planted in poor, rocky soil and tended and harvested by hand at extremely low yields for an intense natural concentration of flavor without heaviness.

 

Jané espouses a minimalist philosophy of respect for old vines, indigenous varieties, manual labor, and sensitive cellar handling. The goal, in his own words: “expressing and revindicating the quality and singularity of traditional viticulture against the globalization of international varieties and modern winemaking style.”

 

Grapes for this wine are destemmed and macerated for around 15 days, after that the wine is aged in used French barriques for 10 months.

Food Pairing Suggestions

Grilled preparations, Ham, Hearty stew, Lamb, Mushrooms, Pork, Red Meat, Roasted Root Vegetables, Vegetables, Wild Game

Color/Type:
Red
Origin:
Spain , Monsant
Grape Varietal:
70% Carignan, 30% Grenache/Garnacha, ga
Price:
$22.50 each
  bottle(s)