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Vendrell Rived "Serè" Montsant '18

Montsant

Vendrell Rived "Serè" Montsant '18

The Catalan wine zone of Montsant is neighbors with the more famous Priorat. In fact, Montsant essentially encompasses Priorat. While there are differences in the two regions, and even within Montsant and Priorat themselves, this is a place that deserves more notoriety. The wines can be every bit as good as ones from Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas in the Southern Rhône, but at a fraction of the price.

Josep M. Vendrell Rived is one of our favorite producers in the region. His small family winery looks to make wines that highlight the two main grapes of the region, Garnatxa (Grenache) and Carinyena (also called Samso or Carignan).

This longtime grower is also one of the region's most under-the-radar producers. He started producing wine in 2000, after working at the local Capçanes cooperative and originally selling the grapes that he farms. In fact, when he began making his own wines, the region had not been classified to Montsant DO, but still the wines of the great Tarragona appellation. His vineyards, many of which are old-vines, are located in Marçà and Capçanes.

Vendrell's vineyards are farmed organically without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. They are continuously plowed not only for weed management, but to encourage deep root growth. By doing this, the grapes will inevitably show the underlying character of the terroir but also be more resistant to drought.

The winery of Josep Maria Vendrell is perfectly suited to his artisan stature. It is modern, but manageable by one person. With the help of his father and an old family friend in the vineyards, this is truly hand-made wine that undergoes minimal handling in the cellars and leaps out of the glass once released from its bottle.

His value wine Serè is in our estimation one of the top values in the region of Montsant. The brand new 2018 vintage has just arrived and is 80% Garnatxa and 20% Carinyena, that has been aged for 6 months in French oak barrels. For the price, this is a serious wine with depth and ultimate expression. Juicy red fruit, accompanied by a lingering spice that trickles down the palate, fleshed out with a fresh, but firm structure. Enjoy with BBQ and various grilled dishes as well as a great red to hold up to some spice in a dish.

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Details

Producer Vendrell Rived
Vintage 2018
Format 750ml

Acidity

4 / 5

Tannin

3 / 5

Body

3 / 5

Sweetness

1 / 5

Fruity

4 / 5

Funky

1 / 5

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