2021 Tarragona

2021 Tarragona

  • Blend: 71% Garnacha, 18% Tempranillo, 10% Carignan, 1% Graciano

  • Vineyard & AVA: Paper Street Vineyard in the Willow Creek District, Paso Robles CA.

  • Alcohol: 14.8%

  • Aging: Drink now through 2032

  • Vinification: Fermented on native yeast, 30% whole cluster, on skins for 14-18 days. Aged for 22 months in 228L French oak barrels , 35% new.

2021 Tarragona
  • Vision

    Tarragona was initially named Mi Montsant after the beautiful region in northern Spain that served as its inspiration. However, it was later changed to Tarragona, a nearby city that Edgar visited at the start of his journey in this stunning country. The region, which forms a 'C' shape surrounding the prestigious Priorat region, has a rich history of wine-making, dating back to the Roman period. Over the centuries, Catholic monks continued the viticultural tradition during the Middle Ages.

    By the 19th century, Montsant wines were being recognized at universal exhibitions. The wines produced in this region mainly consist of Garnacha and Carignan grapes, with Tempranillo also being commonly planted.

  • Vintage Notes

    Overall, thanks to a relatively temperate growing season, the timing of the 2021 harvest is about a week or two later than in recent years, with most growers pulling the first of the core white wine grapes in late August. While the region has seen smoke from wildfires up north, it didn't affect the vineyards in Paso Robles.

    The ongoing drought conditions are presenting growers with a double-edged sword of sorts. The good news is the dry conditions this vintage created smaller, more concentrated grapes, which is ideal for winemaking. While yields are lower, it produces more flavors, bolder colors, strong acidity, and manageable tannins. These conditions have winemakers feeling it's an epic vintage for quality.

  • Tasting Notes

    The Tarragona 2021 is a wine that's full of surprises. From the first pour, the aroma of hibiscus tea, caramel, strawberries, and black cherry is evident. After airing, the wine opens up even further, revealing exotic hints of patchouli, orange peel, and cloves. With its firm acidity and rustic tannin profile, it's an old-world-style wine that's sure to impress any wine lover. 

    The Garnacha component provides a refreshing touch, while the Tempranillo and Carignan offer structure and savory spice notes that add depth to the palate. A splash of Graciano was co-fermented with a barrel of Garnacha to maintain the acidity and vibrant color of this exceptional wine.

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