91 points Vinous Media
"Bright ruby-red. Vibrant and sharply focused on the nose, displaying an array of red fruit, floral scents and candied flowers. The smooth and sweet palate delivers sappy black raspberry and cherry flavors, with a suggestion of spicecake. Fleshy, seamless and broad, the subtly tannic finish clings with strong, fruity tenacity."
Vinous Reverie Notes
John Muir famously said, “The mountains are calling and I must go,” which is a fitting slogan for Cara Nord, a joint project of Tomas Cusine, Xavier Cepero and Eric Solomon located in the Sierra Prades. Here elevation, UV exposure and climate combine to create a refreshing take on the “classic GSG blend.” The second G stands for Garrut, an indigenous variety frequently confused with, or a local name for, Monastrell. There are partisans on both sides of the debate.
This is a dark blackish-purple wine. Black plums and spices on the nose, deep and rich, concentrated black fruit with thick texture and soft tannins. It has grace notes of cloves and cinnamon. Nicely balanced by firm structural acidity on the palate and a sense of fresh and vibrant finish.
Variety: 52% Grenache, 34% Syrah, 14% Garrut
Fermentation: Hand harvested, destemmed, fermented in vat with frequent pigeage
Aging: 6 months in french oak barrels