Lafou Celler Terra Alta El Sender 2015

LaFou Celler Terra Alta El Sender 2015

LaFou's 2015 El Sender is a young, slightly unruly blend of Garnaxta Negra and Syrah. Aged in concrete, it's vivid and fresh, emitting a constant stream of pungent black cherries, strawberries and blackberry pie. Dried flowers and anise crown the nose—a plunge into the wine itself reveals purity of fruit, crunchy acidity contrasting soft texture. I'd love to revisit this wine in a year or two. 14.0% ABV | Sample LaFou Celler 8.9 Points...

Lafou De Batea 2013

Lafou De Batea 2013

LaFou is a small producer in the Terra Alta region of Spain, one I was lucky to visit on a recent trip to the Catalan. An expressive, fruit-driven blend of old vine Garnacha Negra and Garnacha Carignan—it's heavily laden in pie cherries, strawberries roasted in balsamic, olive tapenade, and warm spice. Intense and concentrated in the mouth, here red fruit is lifted by a jolt of bright acidity at the center, a vortex that dwindles to complex flavors of sweet tobacco, Yankee Candle and Christmas Pudding. LaFou Celler 9.1 Points...

Herencia Altés Terra Alta L'estel 2015

Herencia Altés Terra Alta L’Estel 2015

A blend of 50% Samsó, 25% Garnacha Negra, and 25% Syrah, Herencia Altés L'Estel has a dark undercurrent running through it—preserved meat, matchstick, flint, dried blood and spice swirl about this wine like a secret waiting to be told—a beguiling top note anchored in black cherries, blackberries, and juicy ripe plums. L'Estel is aged five month in new French oak, as such, it's fresh and slightly wild, up-front tannins giving way to an earthy tempo. Bark, lichen, damp minerals. 14.5% ABV | Sample Herencia Altés 9.0 Points ...

Herencia Altés La Peluda 2015

Herencia Altés La Peluda 2015

Fortunate to have tasted some absolutely stunning wines while in the Terra Alta region of Spain last week, including this delicious wine from Herencia Altés. La Peluda is from the little known hairy Garnacha, translated, Peluda literally means hairy—despite the name, the wine itself is delicious with earthy, seductive aromas brimming with underbrush, bright red berries, lavender and peppercorn. The palate is as fresh and expressive as the nose, steeped in earthy Rooibos tea and framed with chewy tannins. Sample Herencia Altés 9.1 Points...