Herencia-Altés Terra Alta L’Estel 2016
L’Estel is a summation of the varieties and terroirs of Terra Alta. By blending several varieties and old-vine sources (both estate fruit and vineyards she farms for her neighbors) Nuria Altés is able to create a serious wine with aging potential that is also charming in its youth.
The colour is intense and lively with a core of garnet with a bright ruby rim. Stony minerality overlay black fruits and spice on the nose. On the palate, the wine is full bodied with luscious sweet fruit and soft tannins. Fresh berry fruit and toasty notes enrich the structure and natural complexity of the old vines. "A full and round sensation, to be enjoyed with grilled meat of all sorts.
|Region||Spain, Catalonia, Terra Alta|
James SucklingAromas of violets, earth, ripe cassis and blackberries. Big, soft, sweeping palate, carrying succulent, concentrated blueberry flavors, as well as juicy plums and fruitcake. Ripe tannins cascade into the finish. Drink across the next 5 years.
Wine SpectatorThis firm red delivers mineral and sanguine notes that frame a core of plum and licorice flavors, revealing a balance of savory and fruity character. Shows depth, with well-integrated tannins and balsamic acidity. Drink now through 2026. 672 cases imported.