(all garnacha, was aged for two years in 500-liter French oak casks): Inky purple. Heady scents of candied dark berries, cherry compote, potpourri and incense, along with a smoky topnote. Sweet and silky in texture, with deep, palate-staining dark berry and floral pastille flavors enlivened by juicy acidity. Chewy tannins build on the strikingly long finish, which leaves powerful notes of blue fruit and candied flowers behind. Still a baby but there's great potential here. This wine was vinified entirely with whole clusters.
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: September/October 2014
Wine Advocate | Rating: 98
Funnily enough, Dominik Huber has only one varietal Garnacha wine, and it's a top one. The vineyard is in Torroja where the soils are slate and for Dominik slate works better with Carinena, so he sources the Garnacha from elsewhere. The prodigious 2012 Les Manyes is an unusual single-vineyard Garnacha from a 50-year-old plot over the Montsant Mountains, in the Masdeu zone above the Scala Dei Monastery (not in Torroja at all!), where the soils are not the usual slate, but they are clay-rich with a chalk component. The vineyard is really high and surrounded by impressive dry stone walls and constructions, there is even a route to admire these old works of art. The full clusters were macerated and fermented with indigenous yeasts and the wine matured for two years in old foudres from Austria. The nose is high-pitched, very lifted, with a different personality from its siblings, perfumed, with a mixture of flowers and acid berries hints of oriental spices, but more mineral and earthy and less fragrant than previous vintages, with restrained ripeness. The palate mixes that chalky minerality with the juiciness of the Garnacha, a mixture of Mediterranean and Atlantic characters. It gets better and better in the glass, opening up and showing more nuances. Compact, round, terse and serious, it doesn't show any oak or alcohol, and if you look at the figures the alcohol is only 13.5. Awesome balance. Only 1,500 bottles were filled in November 2014.
Author: Luis Gutierrez
Wine Spectator | Rating: 92
This smooth, firm red delivers harmonious flavors of cherry, vanilla, spice, leafy and cola, focused by firm tannins and balsamic acidity. A bit muted, but solid and deep. Drink now through 2025. 17 cases imported.