Masos d'en Cubells
VINTAGE Many have said that 2003 was an unusual year for Spain, which had very high temperatures and low relative humidity in the summer months followed by heavy rainfall toward the end of the harvest. Due to this significant climate change, many wineries had to carefully select their grapes in order to ensure that quality was at its optimum before harvesting. The 2007 Wine Spectator vintage chart, however, rated this vintage in Montsant/Priorat 94 points, indicating that this region did not suffer the same climatic hardships of other Spanish regions.
VINEYARDS Located at 400 meters above sea level, the Masos d'en Cubells vineyard is located at the highest elevation portion of the Capafons-Osso property. Because a balance between the natural flora and a vineyard is very important to the Capafons family, while the entire estate comprises 60 hectares, only 14 of them are planted with vines. The old-vine Garnacha and Carinena vines on this property are usually head-pruned and grown on steep slopes, while the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah are grown on a trellis system that is held up by the extremely rocky soil, known locally as llicorella, or slate. Finca Masos d'en Cubells in Falset, Priorat, Spain
WINEMAKERS NOTES Masos d'en Cubells is a proprietary wine produced from five different grape varieties: Garnacha, Carinena, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. These varieties hail from 20-60 year old vines, which consistently produce a contemporary wine with a unique flavor profile. This is due in part to the fact that the Capafons family routinely plants local varieties of lavender, rosemary and thyme between their vines. This wine is rich in velvety dark fruit and soft oak, but also exhibits nuances of Mediterranean herbs and flowers.
VARITEY 30% Garnacha pais, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cariñena, 10% Merlot, 10% Syrah