Geekiest Flight Anywhere with Garnacha on 4 soil types

Its back and twice as fun as before!! A few year's back we discovered Capcanes, a winery in Montsant which is 100 miles southwest of Barcelona, 20 miles inland from the Mediterranean sea, with a long wine growing history dating back to the middle ages. Despite this traditional foundation they do one of the most fun and intriguing garnacha bottlings we've ever seen. Imagine 4 vineyards where the ripe Grenache/Garnacha is picked at the same ripeness, all are fermented in controlled temperatures and macerated for 28 days. All see 4 months in French oak, in fact the only true difference is each vineyard is dominated by a different soil type.

Some of you may remember when we were lucky enough to have the Slate (Llicorella) and Limestone versions of these wines a few years ago. Well we cajoled and begged and pleaded and we just received not only the Slate and Limestone, but also the Clay and Sand versions!

 

The sand soil here is honeycombed from eroded beaches and arid desert, deep roots push through to find concntrations of lime. This is the most acidic soil in the area. The clay soil is found in the old lake basins, compact without oxygen where the plants desperately strive to find the filtered water. Clay is of medium or average acidity. The limestone soils are not very acidic featuring fragmented, calcified, ancient crustaceans. This soil is loose but so loose that water isn't held at all forcing the roots deeper and deeper underground. Lastly the famous Priorat Llicorella dominates the slate soil type and dominates the top layer in these vineyards. This rock is formed during ancient volcanic times in a high pressure environment, deep within the earth's crust, forming laminate like layers during its formation process. This is very acidic soil.

capcanes bush vined garnacha

 

So does all of this matter? Can you tell a difference? The bio-chemists like to say it's impossible, and us wine geeks are just making this up. They have not found the mechanism or process by which soil is represented in finished wine, so we must be full of it. You will have to decide for yourself, try a flight of all four wines side by side and savor this unique experience! We sure are!


Orchard Wine Cellar Movers and Shakers This Week

  • Laya

    #1 Laya

    From Castilla-La Mancha in Central Spain, a unique blend made with the Garnacha Tintorera grape. Not only is the skin red, but so is the flesh. This provides a sturdy structure and noticeable tannins. Aged only 4 months in oak, this wine has luscious red and black fruits with hints of spice. Definitely one you should try, especially at this price!
    (Holding the #1 spot)

  • Armas de Guerra Rose

    #2 Armas de Guerra Rose

    My heavens! 50+ year old, organic Mencia vines from some of the highest vineyards in Bierzo. Subtle aromas of strawberry, pink grapefruit and white pepper play with clean river rock minerality touched by zesty key lime. Balance and finish are tied together with a vibrating acidity. Structured and executed like a world class ballerina doing flamenco. Sells out every year for good reason. Lighter than Provence, a different planet than White Zin. The only hard part is only opening one bottle at a time. (behind by 21 bottles)

  • Tintero Moscato

    #3 Tintero Moscato

    Sori Gramella refers to the one of the only single vineyard Moscatos, and Marco is the only producer to bottle this striking limestone amphitheater commercially. Once the 30 year old vines give up their bounty, and the grapes are harvested and pressed, they are kept in stainless steel at a low temperature to prevent fermentation until an order is received in order to provide the freshest wine possible. (behind by 10 bottles)

  • Baglio delle Fate

    #4 Baglio delle Fate

    A native grape of Sicily, this 100% Nero d'Avola is a great deal! Brambly red, blue and black fruits, savory dried herbs and earth. Full body, juicy, smooth tannins! (behind by 2 bottles)

Fun New Arrivals

  • Miquel Pons 77 Xarelho

    Miquel Pons 77 Xarelho

    Paying homage to Miquel Pons who has 77 harvests under his belt is this delicious Xarel·lo. Handpicked and aged in French barrels with generous lees treatment, this is Xarel-lo like none we ever had. Gorgeous earthy acidty wrapped in creamy texture and ample oak. If you are a Cali chard drinker, prepare to have your heart broken by this Spanish seductress!

  • Poquito Moscato

    Poquito Moscato

    Lightly sparkling, fruity and sassy, Poquito is small in size but big on taste. Delicate floral aromas combine with a sweet yet refreshing palate of ripe peaches, pears and apricots. Apply liberally at any social occasion. Great right out of the bottle but really amazing with mint and rum as a mojito!

  • Armas de Guerra Mencia

    Armas de Guerra Mencia

    An excellent introduction to Bierzo's native varietal, the palate is fresh, elegant, and clean. Energetic aromas of fresh blue fruits, violet and white pepper, plus a subtle touch of licorice. Supple and gently sweet on the palate, offering sappy boysenberry and floral highlights with a hint of smokiness.

  • Amon Ra

    Amon Ra

    The 2014 Amon Ra reflects the tried and true essence of the Glaetzer style - generosity of flavor with finesse of structure. The inky purple color displays the gentle but full extraction. The nose shows an abundance of dark blueberry, vanilla, black cherry and hints of cassis with notes of mixed spice and anise. Although still young and firmly wound, the vibrant blackberry and dried spice flavors integrate well with youthful yet supple tannins with the trademark loooong and sleek finish. Meant to go 10 to 15 years to hit its prime.