La Cartuja is a blend of 50% Garnacha, 30% Mazuelo, 10% Cabernet and
10% Syrah. Garnacha (aka Grenache) provides the bright red berry flavors,
the Mazuelo (aka Cariñena or Carignane) the inky color, the cabernet the
structure (body) and the Syrah the spice.
Bodegas La Cartuja's 2008 La Cartuja is a blend of 50% Garnacha, 30% Carinena with the balance Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah from organically farmed estate fruit aged in French oak for 8 months. It offers up a reticent nose of graphite, spice box, underbrush, lavender, black cherry, and plum. This leads to a plush, sweetly-fruited, concentrated, mouth-filling wine for drinking over the next 5-6 years. It is an amazing value and a great introduction to Priorat.
La Cartuja was founded in 2007 by Borja Osborne (from the Osborne
family), Alberto Orte and Patrick Mata with the purpose in mind of making an
estate-bottled wine showing the mineral complexity of Priorat at an
inconceivable price (one of Ole's fortes. The single estate of 24 ha (59 acres) by the name La Solana ("Les Solanes" in Catatalan) is located in the very heart of Priorat between the towns of El Molar and El Lloar, just south... View More