D.O. Montsant

Montsant takes its name from the Montsant mountains in the province of Tarragona, northwestern Spain (Catalonia). There are currently about 5,000 acres of vineyards that extend along the mountainsides among olive groves, forests and rocky outcrops. Montsant almost completely surrounds the more famous Priorat region. The soils are lime bearing, over a granite and slate subsoil. The vineyards are at a height of about 1,200 feet above sea level, and the climate is Mediterranean with continental influences. Summers are dry and annual rainfall is about 25 inches, falling mainly in autumn.

Eugènia Guasch López is a young winemaker from one of the most dramatic wine growing regions in northwest Spain. Eugènia takes advantage of the region’s natural beauty, hiking through the mountains whenever she can.
Type of Wine: Red Wine
Appellation of Origin: DO Monsant
Winery: Celler Unio, Reus
Varietal: 40% Garnacha, 40% Carignan, 20% Syrah.
Vines are between 30-60 years old.
Terrain: Surrounded by mountains, the area features soils rich in slate and granite. The rainfall is between 20 and 25 inches per year, but because of the proximity to the mediterranean, a lot of additional moisture comes to the plants from the sea. Altitude also contributes, with big diurnal changes in temperature.
Harvest: Hand picked and selected twice: initially in the vineyard, with a second selection on receipt at the winery.
Ageing: 6 months of in French and American oak.
Bottling: Bottled on the property.
Serving Temperature: Between 61º and 65º F
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Released to Market: Spring 2013
About the producer
Eugènia Guasch López is a young winemaker from one of the most dramatic wine growing regions in northwest Spain. Eugènia takes advantage of the region’s natural beauty, hiking through the mountains whenever she can
Tasting notes
Color: Garnet, lively and bright.
Nose: Subtle, but pleasing. The nose does not over promise.
Palate: A bright, lively and fruity wine that will pair perfectly with grilled chicken or pork, but go equally well with pasta and pizza. This wine has a lovely long finish, beautifully made and understated.

 

Format: 750ml (case of 12 bottles)
SRP: $9.99
Available: March 2014