About Wine – Alta Alella

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About Wine features wines not typically on one’s shopping radar. Special wines—made from grapes or blends, regions or countries—that may not be common or well known. About a wine, or winemaker, with a story to tell; of place, process or style. Highlighting artisanal producers making unique, reasonably priced (under $50 retail) wines, all-the-while offering careful earth stewardship.

2014, Alta Alella (AA), PRIVAT Rosé Reserva – Brut Nature altaalellawine.com

About the Region: Located in the agricultural section of the Serralada Natural Park of Catalonia, the Alella region was designated Spain’s smallest D.O. in 1953 for its unique soil, slope and climate (a.k.a. terroir).

About the Maker: Founded in 1991 as a hobby vineyard by Josep Busquet and wife Cristina, the Busquets planted vines and laid-out an earth-friendly vision for their 25-hectare estate. Ten years later, in 2001, the family delivered its first wine production. A second generation of Busquets, daughters Mireia and Georgina manage the winery today.

About the Estate: Located 15km east of Barcelona and 2km from the Mediterranean, the estate is the closest winery to the city of Barcelona. AA sits on slopes of varied aspect, between 100 and 250 m.a.s.l. Here the sandy/acidic soils offer unique characteristics to the grapes growing above.

About the Blend: The blend of Xarel-lo, Parallada, Macabeo, and Chardonnay results in a wine that is naturally brut (dry).

About Tasting: An appealing rosé colour, the bubbles are fine and persistent. Light bodied and easy, fresh flavours of tart strawberry combine with notes of golden delicious apple. Acidic and cleansing, PRIVAT makes for an inexpensive and uncomplicated fun wine.

About Pairing: Aperitifs, New Year’s Eve and holiday celebrations.

About Sustainability: EU certified organic.

About Availability: Check liquorconnect.com (call the listed store confirming availability too). CSPC #787907

About Price: $23