A Gran Mediterranean Claret

Where - The Garraf Massif, the rocky and calcareous-rich mountain in the Penedes region, south of Barcelona.

Who - Carlos Esteva, winemaker and sole heir of the family owned estate after buying out his siblings.

When - 1979, Carlos leaves Minorca to come back to Penedes with a project to restore his grandfather’s house and start a new and highly dynamic wine business adventure.

What - Today the CAN RAFOLS DELS CAUS estate features 90ha of organically farmed vineyards. Few plots, like the one giving rise to the Gran Caus Lubis Merlot, are in biodynamic regime.
The shallow soils are rich in limestone with presence of fossils and non-negligible amount of stones. Soil erosion could easily be an issue in these conditions, which Carlos avoids by reducing plowing frequency and by letting grass grow between vines. The Mediterranean climate is tempered by elevation, therefore warm and bright mornings are followed by windy afternoons and cool nights.

Why - Striving for making excellent, noble wines which satisfy the winemaker taste/philosophy more than what the market/critics dictate was the aim from the beginning. Continuous experimentation has been the way to reach this target since then. The rugged environment of the Garraf Massif features several different microclimates which have offered Carlos the perfect framework for carrying out trials/test with something like 30 different  grapes varieties and the opportunity to master, with time, the art of invisible winemaking. 

CAN RAFOLS DELS CAUS - Gran Caus Reserva 2005 (4.6/5)

Elegance marries concentration, fruit marries spices, minerality and acidity give sapidity and fresheness, rich and silky tannins provide backbone and support the midpalate towards and very long finish. Garrigue notes complement the very expressive and balsamic nose, remarking the Mediterranean character of this delicious Bordeaux blend. Tertiary notes of earth, leather and tobacco are also starting to emerging, direct result of the long (8 years) bottle ageing before release. Alcohol is moderate. Food-friendly. A pleasure to dine with, especially considering the astonishingly high quality-price ratio.


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