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WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?An elegant late-harvest wine, it is neither too alcoholic nor too sweet. Made with vines planted in 1908. All the fruit is estate-owned grapes grown by the fourth generation of the Piñol family. A limited production of 60 cases is produced.
RATING HISTORY:2013 91WA; 2012 91WA
GRAPE:100% Garnacha (old vines). Vines planted in 1940. Tended in limestone and clay soil at 400 m (1,312ft) elevation. This is a vegan wine.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:The wine will pair well with dark chocolate desserts, dark berry and plum tarts and aged hard cheeses.
VINIFICATION AND AGING:Josefina is allowed to ferment naturally to 13%. Once fermentation is finished, the skins are distilled to make a high quality grappa used to increase the wine's overall alcohol content to 15%. The wine is aged for five months in French, American and Hungarian oak barrels.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:The vineyards are located a few miles southwest of Priorat, within the Terra Alta DO (Zone 5) in Catalunya's Tarragona province in northeastern Spain. The winemaking tradition, in this remote region, dates back to the 13th century. The winery and vineyards, planted in 1908, are in Batea at 400 meters (1,312 ft.) elevation. The soils are composed of 95% limestone and 5% clay. Regarding the area's climate, the average temperature from April-October is 67.3F. Terra Alta has hot days and warm to moderate nights. Terra Alta is drier and warmer than Montsant and Priorat, producing purple-red wines with greater weight and ripeness than those from other areas within Zone 5. The yearly rainfall (16.3 inches) is lower than the other neighboring DOs.
TASTING NOTES:Josefina Pinol Red Dulce reveals aromas of earth, mineral, and black cherry with flavors of assorted black fruits and prunes. On the palate it is intense, medium sweet, and lengthy. Drink this late harvest wine over the next 2-3 years.
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