D.O. Terra Alta

As the name indicates, the area is in the mountains; it is of great natural beauty and features in many of Picasso’s paintings. Traditionally, due to its geographical isolation, this area only made wine for local consumption, and has only recently started to produce modern Mediterranean style wines. The mountains reach a height of 3,000 feet above sea level, though the vineyards are lower down on the slopes, valleys and plateaus. The climate is mixture of Mediterranean and continental; the summers are long, hot and dry and the winters are very cold. The average annual temperature is 62°F (max 95°F in summer, min 23°F in winter); there is a risk of late frosts in spring. Average annual rainfall is about 15 inches. A dry wind, known as “El Mestral” (from the valley of the River Ebro) is influential in keeping humidity low and thus protecting the vines from disease. The soils are clayey, with a good lime content, poor in organic material, with a significant proportion loose pebbles, which allows for good drainage.

Guiomar Ribas Ferran, a young assistant-winemaker is passionate about wine, particularly the white garnacha varietal that is widely grown in this high-altitude region of northwest Spain. Garnacha is ideally suited to the mild Mediterranean climate that gently drifts up from Barcelona on the coast..
Type of Wine: White Wine
Appellation of Origin: DO Terra Alta
Winery: Celler Unio, Reus
Varietal: 100% Garnacha Blanca. Vines are between 30-60 years old.
Terrain: A high altitude plain (above 1,400 feet), close to the mediterranean, typically hot in summer with a bitterly cold winter. The soil is clay with pebbles, with little or no organic material. Rainfall is less than 16 inches per year.
Harvest: Hand picked and selected twice: initially in the vineyard, with a second selection on receipt at the winery.
Ageing: Fermented on the lees in stainless steel.
Bottling: Bottled on the property.
Serving Temperature: Between 41º and 55º F
Alcohol Content: 12.5%
Released to Market: Spring 2013
About the producer
Guiomar Ribas Ferran, a young assistant-winemaker is passionate about wine, particularly the white garnacha varietal that is widely grown in this high-altitude region of northwest Spain. Garnacha is ideally suited to the mild Mediterranean climate that gently drifts up from Barcelona on the coast.
Tasting notes
Color: Pale straw.
Nose: Light, citrus with green apple.
Palate: A dry white wine with plenty of fruit and fresh acidity, it is ideal when paired with creamy cheeses, white meats, seafood or salad.

 

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