La Creu Alta is one of the most impressive and delicious wines we have tasted in some time: bold in flavor, yet elegant in texture with a seductive finish that goes on and on. Add to that profile a highly rated vintage and you can expect it to age long term.
La Creu Alta is a blend of roughly 65% old-vine Carinyena, 30% Syrah and 5% Garnacha. The Carinyena comes from La Vilella Alta with one vineyard across the border in Torroja. With the concentration, dark fruit and minerality that only old vine Carinyena can provide when grown in the schistous soils of the Priorat, La Creu Alta is a dense wine with tremendous polish and structure leavened with the spiciness and freshness provided by the Syrah and Garnacha.
In the Priorat you can find local families who have tended their vines for generations as well as newcomers drawn to the possibilities of this terroir. The creators of Mas Alta, Michel and Christine Vanhoutte, originally from Belgium, tasted early wines of the Priorat and decided to relocate there with the goal of establishing an estate of true terroir-reflecting wines from 80 to 100 year old vines. They enlisted the help of Michel Tardieu, highly acclaimed Rhone producer, Philippe Cambie, Robert Parker's oenologist of the year in 2010, and Bixente Ocafrain, French Basque winemaker with international experience in several famous vineyards. At the core of the estate, as with most properties in the Priorat, are old-vine Garnacha and Carinyena that are up to 100 years old in age. They have also planted some new vineyards of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Garnacha. Most of the vines are planted on schist, known locally as llicorella, with a few areas of clay-limestone soils. At harvest the grapes are brought to the newly built cellar where they are destemmed, crushed and fermented before aging in French oak.
The House of Glunz bought all available bottles and proudly invites you to enjoy this great Priorat at a remarkable price.
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