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La Creu Alta

La Creu Alta
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Respectful agriculture
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La Creu Alta
Red wine Reserva. 18 months in French oak barrels.
Variety: Garnacha Tinta,  Cariñena
Designation of Origin: D.O.Q. Priorat
Production area: Catalonia
Volume: 75 cl.
Alcohol: 15.2%
Red wine Reserva. 18 months in French oak barrels.
Variety: Garnacha Tinta,  Cariñena
D.O.Q. Priorat (Catalonia)
Volume: 75 cl.
Alcohol: 15.2%
Fruity
Spicy
Young
Barrel
Light
Body

Characteristics of La Creu Alta

La Creu Alta is a red wine produced by the winery Mas Alta in the D.O Priorat.

This is a small winery, with maximum respect. Respect for the land. Respect for the grape. Respect for the people that work in the fields.

La Creu Alta is a blend of the varieties Cariñena and Garnacha originating from old vines, from 80 to 100 years of age. Planted on slopes in poor, low harvesting slate soils, called Licorella in the Priorat, at an altitude of 300-550 meters above sea level.

The harvest is completed by hand, and the grape receives a double selection process, in which only the best quality is accepted.

The grapes are positioned by gravity during the winemaking process, this is a very gentle technique to increase the natural expression of the grape.

La Creu Alta is aged for 18 months in French oak barrels; 80% are new and 20% in 1 year old barrels.

La Creu Alta can be consumed now, but however, will evolve over the next 10-15 years. 

Serve at 16.0ºC
Contains sulphites
We recommend decanting before consumption
Pairing
Game birds, Goat cheese, Grilled red meats, Beef, Stuffed aubergines, Stews

Tasting notes La Creu Alta

We present the new 2016 vintage, characterised by the wettest winterin the last five years. Not only did it rain in winter, but there was also wet weather up until summer arrived, especially inMarch and April. In summer everything changed, and it was one of the driest inhistory, with only 28 litres being recorded between July and October.If we compare the temperatures in 2012 and 2016, the 2016 crophad to endure a much colder winter than in 2012, which turned outto be positive, since the frost cleared the fields ofvine parasites. During the spring, lower temperaturesthan in 2012 were also recorded.Due to all these climatic conditions there was a delay insprouting, which began on March 28th, and which led to a delayin flowering of between three and four weeks.Once the summer arrived, the Priorat got all the luck, sincethe rains disappeared, while in the rest of Europethey were incessant. It was something that nobody expected considering thewinter we’d had. Taking into account the delay insprouting, the harvest started around mid-October on some ofthe estates.Obtaining fresh wines with an extraordinary acidity is dueto this long duration of the grape in the strain that has so characterisedthis vintage.
La Creu Alta 2015 is an expressive and authentic red wine. This vintage shows all the character of the terroir. A subtle and complex mixture between concentration, depth and finesse.
A year with a very good balance. This vintage was characterised by the absence of water stress for the plants. Winter and spring were favourable in terms of rainfall and temperatures were slightly higher than usual. At the time of budding, there was no rain, so the vines developed in a suitable manner. The flowering took place in a clean way and the Grenache vines settled in an excellent way. Summer was characterised by cool and dry days, but also humid, which led to good photosynthesis and growth of the plants. During the end of the summer, before the harvest, there was still some humidity, which preserved the freshness of the soil and, consequently, achieving a gradual ripening of the grapes, perfect to retain the aromas and the good acidity. The negative factor was the rain during the harvest days. In short, the vintage has been somewhat atypical for Priorat, with wines that are less voluminous than in a normal year in the area, but with a good acidity that is reflected in the wines and that will keep them optimal for many years.
Sight Dark cherry red, practically opaque with a purple rib. Nose Notes being released in the still glass are of roasted and black fruit, giving way to wonderful mineral, herbal and balsamic tones. Taste

La Creu Alta has good opening on the palate. Elegant, subtle and potent all at the same time. Mature tannins. Mineral memories which give this wine a special personality.

Long and persistent finish with notes of mocha and back fruit.

Sight A picota cherry colour with a violet rim, high robe. Clean and bright. Nose Intense roasted notes appear at first and give way to nice aromas of ripe black fruit. Once airated mineral notes, aromatic herbs and balsamic notes appear.  Taste Very good, intense, elegant and broad attack. Ripe and concentrated tannins. Powerful, bulky and sublt depth. A very long aftertaste evolving into notes of fine wood, black fruit and minerals.

Ratings

  • Parker 92
  • Peñin 95
  • Parker 93
  • Peñin 96
  • Parker 96
  • Peñin 95
  • Decántalo 91

Ratings for the vintages from D.O.Q. Priorat

2017 --
2016 --
2015 --
2014 --
2013 --
2012 Very Good
2011 Good
2010 Excellent
2009 Excellent
2008 Very good
2007 Very good
2006 Very good
2005 Excellent
2004 Excellent
2003 Very good
2002 Good
2001 Excellent
2000 Good
1999 Very good
1998 Excellent
1997 Good
1996 Excellent
1995 Excellent
1994 Very good
1993 Excellent
1992 Good
1991 Excellent
1990 Very good
1989 Very good
1988 Good
1987 Good
1986 Good
1985 Good
1984 Good
1983 Excellent
1982 Excellent
1981 Very good
1980 Satisfactory
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Designation of Origin D.O.Q. Priorat

Winery Bodegas Mas Alta

Priorat is craftsmanship and tradition, old and robust vines that are grown and born deep inside the province of Tarragona. They are grown on slopes that are sleety with low fertility and difficult to grow in. In Priorat they produce great red wines of an excellent quality, a maroon colour, robust, dense and rich flavour, intense aromas and sometimes there are reflections present of minerals from the soils.

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