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Terra Sanctus Clos La Rae 2014

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  • Tasting Notes
  • Winery
  • Certified organic bush vines in the cool Lanciego zone within Rioja Alavesa from the Campoluengo, Las Rozas, Castillejo, El Romeral, Agozaderas and El Plano vineyards on clay – calcareous slopes.

    Hand picked with wild yeast primary fermentation and malolactic in concrete tank followed by 6 months aging (also in concrete).
    • Vintage: 2014
    • Appellation: D.O.Ca. Priorat
    • Grapes: 39% Merlot, 30% Garnatxa, 18% Cabernet, 11% Syrah & 2% Carinyena
    • Aging period: 6 months in oak barrels
    • Oak: French Allier and American oak
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    Vin, 91 pts

     “Inky ruby color. Highly perfumed, mineral- and spice-accented blackberry and cherry aromas, along with a subtle vanilla quality. Silky and expansive on the palate, offering sweet dark berry, cola and candied cherry flavors that are complemented by hints of cracked pepper and allspice. Finishes sweet, velvety and quite long, with subtle tannins building slowly. In the context of excellent Priorat wines this bottling delivers exceptional value.”

  • Terra Sanctus - sacred earth - refers to the rich religious history steeped in the culture of the area and the dramatic hillside vineyards from which we find the old vines of Garnatxa and Carinyena for Clos la Rae. The average vine age is 50 years, with some up to 80 years on unterraced margins. Soil is the classic llicorella slates with very low water retention, forcing the roots deep - as much as 30 meters - in search of water and nutrients.