2016 – « The Smoothness »

2016: « The Smoothness »

The 2016 vintage combines elegance and deepness, with exceptional aging potential.

A year with excellent climatic conditions, of which there are few. The mild and rainy winter helped build up the water reserves necessary for the growth of the vine in spring and summer. Summer was hot and dry, offering us good ripeness and a perfectly healthy harvest.

Marked by low juice yield, the berries produced concentrated, deep and complex wines backed by good acidity. The whites and rosés are mineral, fresh and aromatic. The reds are dense and remarkably balanced, combining complexity, freshness and finesse.

Grenache, in these ideal conditions and worked in infusion, offers aromas of raspberry and white pepper that remind us of Pinot noir.

This year we launched the “Argilla ad Argillam” cuvée, which means “from clay to clay” in Latin. The wines are aged for nine months in Andalusian terracotta amphoras. The porosity of the amphora and the perpetual circular movement of the lees bring minerality and freshness to the wine. The mouthfeel is different, the tannins are powdery and the fruit bright. What at the time was supposed to be only an additional method of aging in the blend of our wines, ended up making a cuvée in its own.

The 2016 vintage gave elegant wines, combining a powerful structure with a beautiful freshness. These wines, made for laying down, will evolve to perfection, for the whites as well as for the reds.