L'Avi Arrufi Tinto
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Brilliant ruby. Highly perfumed red and blue fruit and violet aromas are enlivened by a peppery nuance and a strong suggestion of smoky minerals. Juicy and seamless on the palate, offering gently sweet black raspberry and cherry flavors that spread out steadily with air. Finishes sappy, sweet and very long, featuring lingering spiciness and firming tannins.-- Josh Raynolds.
L'Avi Arrufi is an estate-bottled wine made by Celler Vinos Piñol with grapes grown in the high elevation region of Terra Alta, located south of Barcelona. The Piñol family has been wine growers for four generations. L'Avi Arrufi means, "Grandfather Arrufi," the man who founded Celler Piñol in 1945. Today, less than 800 cases are produced of one of the family's most distinctive wines, made from vines over seventy years old. L'Avi Arrufi is “liquid geography,” a wine that sings the special music of Terra Alta's terroir composed of phrases and notes of the specific flavors of the Mediterranean climate. The story of Cellar Vinos Piñol mirrors the ascendance of Spanish wines in world markets over the past ten years, a story of how a reverence for old, treasured vineyards and the best family traditions have been combined with new winemaking methods to make the finest wines possible. Similar to Yecla and Vinos de Madrid, Terra Alta is one of Spain's up-and-coming wine regions with an identity built on exciting projects and progressive innovation. Juanjo G. Piñol and Cristina Borrull are the winemakers. Juanjo's mother Josefina remains in charge of the family cellar.click here for more information.