Carinyena = Carignan. Grapes are hand-harvested, destemmed and macerated for 15 days before going to large oak and amphorae for 18-24 months.
It is juicy, intense and deep. Quite aromatic with fresh red fruits and spice. On the palete it is lively yet bodied and tannic with plenty of earthiness and spice to the red fruits. Long finish.
Located in Garraf Mountains in Catalonia, Spain is Clos Lentiscus, led by father/daughter duo Manel & Núria Aviñó.
At the geographical centre (longitude and latitude is on each bottle) of the Clos Lentiscus estate is a Mastic Tree that is over 1000 years old. It has stood witness to the long history of the property. The farm of Can Ramon was founded in the 14th century but wasn't until 2001 that it's main focus became it's 22ha of vines.
The vines are organically and biodynamically farmed, manually harvested and are of mostly local indigenous species including Xarel-lo, Red Xarel-lo, Malvasia de Sitges, Sumoll, Samsó (Carignan) and Tempranillo.
The farm also tends to bees and sheep that provide multiple functions including honey and fertiliser (and lawn mowing).
All the traditional method wines get light oak barrel ageing and a minimum of 20 months in bottle. No commercial yeast, hand disgorged without addition of sugar, stabilizers or preservatives.