Sole Sips: 2012 Espelt Corali Rose

Espelt Viticultors de l’Emporda

empordaEmporda is a northeast region of Catalonia (Spain). Located between the Mediterranean Sea and the Pyrenees, it contains about 48 wineries and more than 350 vinegrowers. Emporda has very heterogeneous soil, the majority of which has a sandy texture and low organic material content which, unlike other crops, favors the developing of wine grapes, intensifying aromas, flavors, and acidity. The climate is Mediterranean and is influenced by cold winds especially from the north known as “Tramontana”, which can attain speeds of 120 km/h. The influence of the wind in the area is a boon to winemakers because it can reduce the occurrence of mildew as well as pests.

espelt corali rosadoIn Emporda, one of the smaller AOCs of Spain with fewer than 7500 acres, cooperatives coexist with small wineries and companies with larger estates. Among these is Espelt, a family of grape growers who have quickly transformed into distinguished winemakers within the region, with over than 500 acres, 17 different grapes varieties and one of the most modern wineries in the area.

Espelt Corali, 2012. Made of 100% Garnache, this wine is distinguished among other roses. Clean and bright pink salmon color; on nose it is elegant with tropical fruit and notes of cantaloupe melon and flowers. On the palate it is fresh and oily with smooth lactic notes. Full body and long finish, this rose is perfect for this Spring season. Try it chilled with a fresh quinoa and cucumber salad or your favorite sushi roll.

– Sole Claveria

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