2016 Joan d’Anguera Finca l’Argatà, Montsant, Catalonia, Spain

2016 Joan d’Anguera Finca l’Argatà, Montsant, Catalonia, Spain

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“The 2016 Finca l’Argatà is now pure Garnacha from 40- to 60-year-old vines on sandy limestone soils. It is fermented with full clusters and natural yeasts and matured in oak barrels for 15 to 16 months. It made me jump from my seat. With its light color and subtle and perfumed nose, it made me think of an elegant, ripe, perfumed version of a Château Rayas, nuanced, with some beef blood and meat notes. There’s some complexity, but it’s in need of a little more time in bottle (it was only bottled three weeks before I tasted it) and will develop even more nuances. The palate is medium-bodied but compact, with a solid structure, freshness and concentration, saline, ripe but with lightness, rustic and pretty. This is a superb Mediterranean Garnacha, a true revelation. 14,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in February 2018. – 94 points, Wine Advocate (Luis Gutierrez)

Brothers Joan and Josep Anguera have gone through a transformation of their wines in the last few years, from ripe, extracted and oaky wines to a more relaxed style they now feel comfortable with. They started with biodynamics some ten years ago and have been implementing changes in the vineyards ever since, even transforming trellised vineyards to gobelet. Since 2012 they have changed the style of their wines, and they are finally comfortable with the 2016 and 2017 vintages that I could preview. They have reduced the quantities produced from 120,000 bottles to approximately 60,000 from their 30 hectares of vineyards around Darmós (mostly in a place called Argatans) in Montsant, where 65% of the grapes are Garnacha, 30% Cariñena, 4% Syrah and 1% Macabeo. Fermentation is in concrete and aging in oak, in barriques and foudres, from 225- to 2,500-liter.”

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