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In 2004 I bought with a sommelier friend a small vineyard located in El Molar to a taxi driver of Barcelona. Huellas was our first wine and in our first vintage, 2004, we only produced 500 bottles.
As it was a tiny project starting we called it “Huellas” meaning “fingerprints” echoing the hand-craft labour involved. Currently 100% of the grapes are cultivated in Poboleda, an appropriate place to produce an elegant fresh Priorat wine.
This elegant wine, a Grenache and Carignan coupage, has a velvety texture with a savoury crunchy character and is very fresh.
Maximum care is taken at the vineyard, practicing ecological viticulture and not using pesticides, chemical compounds or any other non sustainable products. The grapes are all hand-picked and gently de-stemmed at the cellar, where minimum intervention takes place. Fermentation is in stainless steel deposits under controlled temperature. Natural extraction occurs via a combination of pumping-over and pigeage.
20% of the wine ages in new French oak barrels of 500 liters and 80% of the wine in second and third year old French oak barrels, for a total of 12 months in oak.
Deep ruby bright color wine. Appealing spicy notes of white pepper and clove, cassis and aromatic herbs like thyme and rosemary, grown all over Poboleda. A complex wine, with a solid structure felt on the palate with a marked but balanced acidity that highlights the eucalyptus aromas, providing freshness, elegance and a long nice finish to this wine.
Huellas 2012: 91 points Robert Parker