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.
Wine AdvocateThe 2016 L'Estel is a blend of 50% Garnacha, with 25% each Syrah and old Cariñena from different vineyards from a ripe vintage. The different varieties fermented separately in concrete and matured (also separately) in Austrian and French oak vats for 14 months, then they were blended and bottled after two months. It feels quite oaky and a little heady, polished and soft, with a commercial profile. It's darker than others in the portfolio and has riper fruit and a mealy, biscuity character.