2015-C Touton & Torres La Seleccion, Montsant, Spain (750ml)

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Fredi Torres is quite the ambitious winemaker, crafting pure expressions of his favorite Spanish varietals under several different labels in various DOs or Denominación de Origens on opposite ends of the country. In the Ribeira Sacra appellation of Galicia, he makes beautiful Mencia-based blends under the ‘Silice Viticultores’ label and in Catalonia, he crafts Tempranillo and Trepat-based blends entitled ‘Lectores Vini’ in Conca de Barberà and Garnatxa-based blends like this wine club selection in Montsant. Like his other projects, this ‘Deva Montsant’ brand launched with his French friend, Antoine Touton focuses on organic viticulture with an emphasis on biodynamic principals and is all about minimal intervention in the vineyard and the cellar. The project sources fruit from 12 acres of vineyards which range in elevation from 600 to 2000 ft. in the villages of Masroig, El Molar and La Figuera. All grapes are picked by hand and Fredi and Antoine utilize indigenous yeasts, no artificial additives and only the bare minimum dose of sulfites. This ‘La Selección’ greets you with a lovely lavender fragrance, likely thanks to the addition of 3% of the white and often floral Macabeo grape which is blended with 85% Grenache and 12% Carignan. Aged 9 months in stainless steel tank to preserve its freshness, the nose is vividly dark and brooding, offering notes of cherries in liqueur, black currant and white pepper. The palate, although firm in structure offers a supple and velvety texture that is lifted by a fresh, vibrant acidity. Notes on the palate are a bit riper and more sunbaked in character as in stewed plums and brambly fruit in the peak of summer, yet hints of dried thyme and marjoram add a pleasant contrast to the ripe fruit. Powerful yet lithe, this Montsant would be highly enjoyable on its own yet would work wonders alongside a chicken tagine with prunes and olives or Herbes de Provence-rubbed lamb chops!

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