2019 Cellar Frisach L’Abrunet de Frisach Negre
Region: Terra Alta DO < Catalyuna < Spain
Grapes: Garnacha Fina 60% & Cariñena 40%
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Certified organic farming; calcareous clay soils, concrete ferment and aging; bottled unfined/unfiltered with minimal added SO2, 250 cases; 13.5% ABV
Winemaker: Francesc Ferre
Francesc Ferre’s family has been farming grapes organically in Corbera d’Ebre for over 200 years, but only just began making wine in 2009 with then 21 year-old Francesc at the helm, fresh out of school. It looks as if a giant pulled a ripcord from the earth to create the mountains on either side of their Mediterranean valley, flanked by a forest to the east and a sea of windmills on its blustery western ridge. Corbera’s combination of hot, dry days, evening onshore wind, and cool nights at Corbera’s high elevation allows grapes to maintain acidity in otherwise arid conditions, and makes it an ideal place to grow fresh, vivacious Garnacha & Cariñena (which we know as Grenache and Carignan, but they sound so much cooler in Spanish).
This vibrant red is bright and balanced, with juicy red fruit, plus tannins, good acidity, and a super minerally finish from those rocky soils. It's a total crowd pleaser that goes with everything and everyone, and punches way above its class in terms of value for the cash money. Stock up for everyday winter drinking.