This wine is produced from Monastrell grapes, hand-harvested from 30 year-old and older bush vines.
The grapes underwent a low temperature maceration prior to fermentation which lasted for 8 days, increasing color and aroma in the finished wine. Malolactic fermentation commenced in stainless steel tanks with selected yeasts. The wine was then aged in 60% French and 40% American oak second-use barrels for 12 months.
View from the Cellar
The 2014 vintage of “Barrica 12 Meses” from Porta Regia was raised (as the name
implies) for one year in one wine barrels, sixty percent of which are French in origin and forty
percent of which are American oak. These are older vines than either of the above wines, with
the vineyards all at least fifty years of age. The wine is excellent on both the nose and palate,
with the bouquet offering up a black fruity constellation of black cherries, garrigue, a touch of
cigar smoke, lovely soil tones, wild fennel, a bit of lamb (cooked on vine cuttings in the Spanish
tradition) and a discreet framing of spicy oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied,
focused and complex, with a fine core of fruit, ripe, moderate tannins and excellent focus and
grip on the long and still fairly youthful finish. This is eminently drinkable today, but it is still a
puppy and will be even better with a few more years of bottle age. Like all of the wines from
Porta Regia, this is an absolute steal! Very impressive juice. Jan/Feb 2017
(fermented in stainless steel tanks, with malolactic fermentation and a year of aging in 60 percent French and 40 percent American oak barrels, all used) Bright violet. A sexy, highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe black and blue fruits, incense and vanilla. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering juicy black currant, blueberry and cherry-vanilla flavors enlivened by a jolt of smoky minerality. Rich yet lively and precise, finishing with powerful thrust, resonating spiciness, and smooth, slow-building tannins. Spain’s New Releases, Part 2: Triumphs and Travails – May 16, 2017