Josefina Piñol Blanco<< Previous wine Next wine >>
WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?An elegant late-harvest wine, it is neither too alcoholic nor too sweet. Made with 85 year old vines. All estate-owned grapes grown by the fourth generation of the Piñol family. A limited production wine.
RATING HISTORY:2014 90+WA; 2013 90WA; 2011 91IWR
GRAPE:100% Garnacha Blanca. Vines planted in 1957. Tended in limestone and clay soil at 450 m (1,476ft) elevation. This is a vegan wine.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:The wine is a great pairing for goat cheese and quince, fresh fruits and tarts, and softer cheeses with nutty flavors.
VINIFICATION AND AGING:Josefina is allowed to ferment naturally to 13%. Once fermentation is finished, the skins are distilled to make a high quality grappa used to increase the wine's overall alcohol content to 15%. The wine is aged for four months in French, American and Hungarian oak barrels.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:The vineyards are located a few miles southwest of Priorat, within the Terra Alta DO (Zone 5) in Cataluyna's Tarragona province in northeastern Spain. The winemaking tradition, in this remote region, dates back to the 13th century. The winery and vineyards, planted in 1957, are in Batea at 400 meters (1,312 ft.) elevation. The soils are composed of 95% limestone and 5% clay. Regarding the area's climate, the average temperature from April-October is 67.3F. Terra Alta has hot days and warm to moderate nights. Terra Alta is drier and warmer than Montsant and Priorat, producing purple-red wines with greater weight and ripeness than those from other areas within Zone 5. The yearly rainfall (16.3 inches) is lower than the other neighboring DOs.
TASTING NOTES:Josefina Pinol White Dulce is a medium sweet wine with aromas and flavors of orange marmalade. It has good acidity and balance and should pair well with fruit desserts. Drink this late harvest wine over the next 2-3 years.
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