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2017 Joan d'Anguera "Altaroses" Montsant

SKU #1408145 88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 They are very happy with the 2017s, and I previewed the 2017 Altaroses, the entry-level red that also has the subtitle Garnatxa Fina de Darmós. It's a bright and floral Garnacha, the Mediterranean grape par excellence on cool, sandy soils. It fermented with full clusters and matured in well-seasoned (no younger than ten years' old) barrels. It's quite fruit-driven with notes of red licorice, perfumed and aerial. This wine will not be bottled until October or November, after it has spent around one year in cask, as the wine needs to develop and show more nuances. From a fresh and low-yielding year, it is very juicy and outlined in the palate with effervescent freshness. This should be delicious and approachable on release. (LG)  (4/2018)


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By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/29/2019 | Send Email
With the recent separatist vote for independence from Spain igniting both controversy and international headlines, Catalonia remains a distinctive, semi-autonomous region with its own unique language,colorful flag and ancient culture. Fortunately this hasn't imperiled the brilliant wines that flow from the area, or the vision of those who pour their intimate knowledge, acumen and passion into each bottle. Just opened the newest release of Altaroses from Celler Joan d'Anguera in Montsant, This has been one of my favorite Garnaxta wines for several vintages, perhaps because it reveals the immaculate purity and integrity of the low-yield, biodynamically grown fruit with such elan and grace, Fermented with whole clusters and native yeasts, and aged for one year in neutral oak, this bright, exuberantlt juicy Catalan red is an evocation and a tribute to the beautiful land and independent people of its birth.
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By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/5/2019 | Send Email
I'm a big fan of Grenache in many forms, but this lovely Montsant holds a special place in my book. I've enjoyed this producer's wines for a few vintages now, and the new 2017 release is just as delicious! Subtle, more floral aromatics lead to bright red fruits that burst on the palate. Very light tannin and fresh acidity make this wine an excellent choice for sipping solo, though it is also friendly to a variety of dishes.

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