More often than not, Toni Garriga's semi-crianza from the Mas Codina estate in Catalonia, north-eastern Spain is a blend of varieties. In this 2015 vintage, however, the wine is all Cabernet Sauvignon, giving as always a smooth, evocative red, but with a distinct varietal character.
Fans of the Cabernet Sauvignon crianza from the estate will almost certainly enjoy this 'little brother'. The three months' aging in French and American oak gives toasty, vanilla nuances to the pure, rich fruit, in a delicious alternative to the more familiar Tempranillos.
Mas Codina is located in the Alt Penedès, Catalonia, and is protected by two benevolent mountain ranges. All the fruit it uses is estate-grown.
The Penedès region spans a long strip of land between the sea and the mountains, half-way between Barcelona and Tarragona.
The DO is made up of three distinct zones: The Penedès Superior (near the inland mountain range), The Penedès Marítim (between the sea and the coastal hills) and Penedès Central (the plain between these areas). The climate is typically Mediterranean, mild and warm.
Penedès has long been associated with innovative winemaking practices. In the 1970s, it became the first area in Spain to use stainless steel equipment and cold-fermentation. Since then the Penedès producers have been making excellent modern wines blending native with French varieties.
|Grape variety||Cabernet Sauvignon|
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