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Joan d’Anguera Altaroses 2011, A Biodynamic Wine from Catalunya

T. Edward Wines, New York Wine distributor, Joan d'Anguera Altaroses 2011

Awaiting Demeter certification with the 2012 vintage, Josep and Joan Anguera have been practicing organic and biodynamic farming since 2009.  Located in Catalunya in the D.O. of Montsant, Joan d’Anguera –a family estate that dates back 200 years– is just a pip’s throw from the high-altitude town of Falset–a gateway to the slate soiled  vineyards of Priorat.

Planted to soils of limestone and clay on north facing slopes that reside at an altitude of 200-300 meters, the 15-40 year old Garnacha vines are just 28km from the Mediterranean. And while the region, much like its neighboring Priorat, is known for its powerful, concentrated wines, the Joan d’Anguera Altaroses 2011 is an anomaly, conceived first as an experiment meant to replicate the once traditional daily wines of the region.

With its first vintage released in 2011, the Altaroses “is a wine that was crafted reflecting their new approach to wine influenced by Biodynamics,” said Andre Tamers of De Maison Selections.  “As described by Josep, the wine is much more of a process of infusion as opposed to forced extraction of flavors.  The result is a delicate wine that emphasizes texture and aromatics over body.”

T. Edward Wines, Organic Wine importer, Joan d'Anguera Altaroses 2011

Brothers Joan & Josep Anguera

Employing practices that have been passed down from father to sons, the brothers Anguera took over the estate when their father passed away at the turn of the century.  Working now with their mother, Mercè Pons, the brothers have sought to innovate the family’s long-standing tradition.

Totaling 31ha, the estate consists of four properties, and the name of this wine comes “from the series of sites that comprise their ‘Granatxa’, the old Catalan name for Garnacha”.

Hand-harvested with a 12-day maceration, 35% of the juice is fermented (all in stainless steel with native yeasts) on its stems, with the malolactic fermentation occurring in concrete tanks.  Aged for one year –80% of the wine in concrete tanks and 20% in old oak barrels– the wine sees no filteration.

With aromas of dark cherry, earth and a sprinkling of rose pedals, the Altaroses 2011 is fresh with light leathery tannins that uphold the fruits’ acidity.  On the finish there’s licorice and lingering cherry fruit with a touch of spice, perfect when chilled for an afternoon beneath the cherry blossoms.

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