Escoda-Sanahuja Coll del Sabater 2022

Escoda-Sanahuja Coll del Sabater 2022

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Type: Red
Producer: Joan-Ramon Escoda
Country: Spain
Region: Conca de Barberà
Grape: Cabernet Franc, Parellada
Year: 2018
Farming: Biodynamic

Joan-Ramon Escoda spent years working in a large cellar in Catalunya and traveling the vineyards of France. His experiences helped guide him to the biodynamic farming and natural wine movements. The vineyard is located in Conca de Barberá is a small DO in Catalunya. Grapes are sourced from several parcels of 12 to 30 year-old vines, grown on limestone and clay soils. Grapes are handpicked, macerated for 20 days and fermented with wild yeasts in stainless steel. The wine is then aged in large French oak barrels for 12 months, before bottling unfined and unfiltered. No sulphur is added.

The main part of this wine is Cabernet Franc, a varitey which winemaker Joan Ramon Escoda daringly decided to complement it with a 20% of Parellada, a local white grape of great aromatic refinement. Harvested by hand and partially destemmed, the grapes were macerated and fermented together in clay amphorae using only indigenous yeasts. Then this natural red wine was aged for 7 months on lees in the amphorae.

Slightly raw and pleasantly wild, this wine could need some aeration to unfurl. Some earthy and mineral notes, evolving into a fleshy red fruit nuanced by flowers, herbs and spice. This blend of Cabernet Franc and Parellada is remarkably original. Delicately warm, but also full of energy and confidence. Some succulent red fruit, a note of cocoa and bitter herbs, and a first-rate acidity make for a very fresh no added sulphites wine. Gentler and more engaging than ever, this wine from Escoda-Sanahuja has a long finish with a mineral and pithy aftertaste.

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