D.O. MONTSANT - SPAIN
Region/Sub-Region: Spain, D.O. Montsant.
Grapes: 40% Red Garnacha, 40% Cariñena and 20% Tempranillo, 10-45-year-old vines.
Soil: Primary granite.
Vinification: Varietals fermented separately. Temperature controlled fermentation with long maceration.
Aging: Wine is aged in American oak casks for 6 months. Followed by ‘coupage’ and then 3-5 months of aging in bottles.
Nose: Fresh red cherries, black berries, floral with mineral notes.
Taste: Dry red wine, with a complex bouquet, ripe red and black fruits, baking spice, long finish and mineral notes.
Gastronomy: Recommended with white meats, salads, goat cheeses, soups, sausages, and wild mushrooms.
Color: Bright medium red.
I7-XI is the date for St. Gregory’s Day. It has become a day to celebrate, not only St. Gregory, but also the end of harvest for the wine makers in the region. In the town of Falset, there is a beautiful chapel cave under a natural rock dedicated to him. Our great-grandfather Evarist Giné played a very important role in the reconstruction of this chapel. This is a tribute to harvesters and to him.
Talking About the Wines:
-A View From The Cellar, Oct ’19 gave 89 points to 2017 17-XI (red). “The 2017 Montsant “17 XI” from Buil & Giné is a typically ripe wine for this region next door to Priorat, coming in at 14.5 percent octane, but offering pretty good balance and managing its alcohol as well as can be expected, so that there is freshness here and not more than a moderate hint of backend heat. The wine is a blend of Garnaxta and Cariñena and offers up a quite attractive bouquet of black raspberries, bonfires, garrigue, spiced meats and a good base of stony soil tones. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and nicely spicy, with a good core of fruit, nicely integrated, ripe tannins and good length and grip on the complex and focused finish. As I said, there is a whisper of backend heat, but it is hardly obtrusive and the overall effect is a good, long finish. This has plenty of personality and is a good value.”
-Vinous Media “Mediterranean Spain: Diversity and Consistency, by Josh Raynolds, Apr ’19 gave 90 points to Buil & Giné 2015 17-Xl. "Youthful violet color. Fresh, spice-accented blackberry, licorice and a hint of candied flowers on the perfumed nose. Taut and energetic in the mouth, offering juicy dark fruit and spicecake flavors that turn sweeter as the wine opens up. Made in a fruity, energetic style, delivering solid finishing cut and a touch of spiciness on the gently tannic finish." (aged in new and used American oak barrels for six months)
-Vinous Media “Mediterranean Spain: Diversity and Consistency, by Josh Raynolds, Apr ’19 gave 91 points to Buil & Giné 2015 17-Xl. "Youthful, violet color. Assertive, mineral- and spice-accented cherry and black raspberry on the pungent nose, along with hints of succulent herbs and flowers. Offers concentrated bitter cherry and red berry flavors that are sweetened by hints of cola and vanilla that build in the background. Shows very good depth as well as energy and finishes long and mineral, with fine-grained tannins adding shape and final grip."