Celler Espolla’s Solera Garnatxa d’Empordà is regarded as one of the finest and most prominent of its tradition in Catalunya. Late harvest Garnatxa blanca and rosat grapes are picked by hand and co-fermented with native yeasts in epoxy-lined concrete tank. The fermentation is arrested via mutage, and the wine begins a lengthy, oxidative odyssey through a four-tier solera that was inaugurated in 1950; small quantities are bottled a maximum of once per year. Dark amber, seamless and layered, it shows dried apricot and cherry, roasted hazelnut and sweet/smoky baking spices. Served at cellar temperature, it can be enjoyed with a wide variety of cheeses and desserts. Once opened, it will keep well for 8-12 weeks.
About Celler Cooperatiu d’Espolla
Founded in 1931 in the heart of the Alt Empordà, the Celler Cooperatiu d’Espolla emerged from the local growers’ union, established at the turn of the century in the aftermath of phylloxera. The proximity of the Mediterranean Sea, the Albera mountains, and the fierce, dry tramuntana together shape a climate and landscape that gives rise to what the locals call the "Wines of the Wind." The vineyards of its fourth- and fifth-generation growers are almost exclusively goblet-trained "bush vines," their roots sunk deeply into the granite and licorella (black schist) soils. Focusing on traditional varieties—old vine Garnatxa blanca, roja and tinta; Cariñena and Cariñena blanca; Muscat de Alexandria and Macabeu—viticulture is a mixture of organic and lutte raisonnée. Under the direction of winemaker Pau Albó i Carles, Celler Espolla produces a full range of wines, but it is most celebrated for its Vi Ranci and Solera Garnatxa d’Emporda, which continue the tradition of oxidative wines first made over two millennia ago during Greek and Roman settlement of the area.
About Empordà DOEmpordà is the far northeast portion of Spanish Catalunya, and like its Catalan cousins across the French border in Roussillon, it is home to one of the world’s oldest winemaking traditions—the dry and sweet oxidative wines collectively known as ‘Vi Ranci.’ Vines have been planted here for more than 2500 years, many still gobelet-trained to endure the fierce Tramontana winds from the north. Over the last 30 years, a new generation of growers and winemakers has brought a renewed ambition and focus, emphasizing organic practices and indigenous varieties—especially varieties of Grenache and Carignan—while balancing the demands of innovation and tradition. One result has been a reintroduction to the world of the classic fortified wine of the region, Garnatxa d’Empordà.
|SKU||Vintage||Region||Origin||Desc||Cepage||% Alc||Size/Pack||Finish||BTL Barcode||Cs Barcode||Cs Wgt|
|HZ 6862||NV||Catalunya||ES||Oxidative/Oxidized Wine; Fortified||Grenache noir||15.5%||750/6||cork||8437002364359||18437002364356||7.80 kg|