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JOSEP GRAU VITICULTOR

Region: Cataluña
Appellation: D.O. Montsant
City: Marçà
Winery Website: www.josepgrauviticultor.com
Winery GPS Coordinates: 41.13, 0.808

OVERVIEW

Josep Grau Viticultor is a family project located in the municipality of Marçà in the D.O. Montsant. Currently the winery produces 100,000 total bottles of different wines, 70% of which are destined for exportation. Josep Grau is the winemaker and owner of the winery and currently oversees 26 hectares of vineyards with various soil types at different locations in the D.O. Montsant. Vine production varies, from 70+ year old vines from which production is limited to only 500 grams per vine, to 15-40 year old vines that produce 1.5 kilos per vine. From pruning to the harvest, all the labor in the vineyards is done by hand. The viticulture is organic, and herbicide and pesticide free.

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HISTORY

Varieties grown include Garnacha Blanca, Garnacha Tinta, Samsó, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah. The main objective is to take the fruit, along with all its natural characteristics, from the vine to the bottle. The winery works with indigenous yeasts and minimum levels of sulfites, to ensure the maximum protection of the wine. 90% of fermentation takes place in cement tanks, while the rest takes place in stainless steel and oak. The majority of the wine ages in 2,000 liter Austrian-German oak foudres, with a small percentage in 500-liter French oak barriques.

The main goal of the winery is to make sure Josep Grau wines reflect the area of Montsant and the vintage, with complexity, personality, freshness, structure and good balance.

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PRESS

Volador (2017) - "This has plenty of bright and juicy, ripe-fruit appeal on the nose with ripe dark berries in abundance. The palate has a very polished and attractively fruity feel with dark peaches and blood oranges, as well as red cherries."

92 Points
James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Jul 25, 2019

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Vespres (2016) - "Deep, lurid ruby color. High-pitched red/blue fruit and floral pastille aromas pick up hints of succulent herbs and smoky minerals with air. Fresh and energetic in the mouth, offering concentrated black raspberry, boysenberry flavors and a bracing, spicy jolt of white pepper. Finishes silky and gently sweet, with harmonious tannins and excellent, mineral-driven persistence."

91 Points
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Apr 25, 2019

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Vespres (2015) - "Vivid ruby. A pungent, mineral-accented bouquet evokes ripe cherry, boysenberry and licorice, along with a sexy floral overtone and a hint of smokiness. Sappy and expansive on the palate, offering appealingly sweet red/blue fruit and floral pastille flavors and an exotic suggestion of Asian spices. The impressively long, sweet, berry- and floral-tinged finish is shaped by fine-grained tannins that fade away smoothly."

92 Points
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Apr 25, 2019

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La Florens Garnacha (2014) - "Deep, bright-rimmed ruby. Sexy, mineral- and spice-accented dark berry, potpourri and incense aromas show excellent clarity and a hint of cola. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering intense boysenberry, cherry-cola, spicecake and violet pastille flavors that become more energetic as the wine opens up. Shows impressive delineation and dark fruit thrust on the gently tannic finish, which leaves an exotic suggestion of five-spice powder behind. (raised in a single, 2,000-litre Stockinger Austrian oak foudre)."

92 Points
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Apr 25, 2019

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Volador (2017) - "Ruby-Red. Ripe cherry and singed plum on the spice-tinged nose and palate. Warm and open-knit, showing good depth and repeating spiciness on the finish, which is firmed by dusty, slow-building tannins."


Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Apr 25, 2019

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Volador (2016) - "This is a real bottle of wine that is made by people. Although this isn't as user-friendly as similarly priced wines from California, it does a better job at heightening the experience of eating food. On the nose, baked blackberries and blueberries can be found. On the palate, the idea of “jammed” fruit comes to mind. It's a concentrated blend of berries with some sweetness, baking spices, and hints of cedar. The wine is medium bodied, but tries to be bigger. The finish is medium in length and has a nice spritz of acidity. Paired with a Bleu cheeseburger this wine would shine. "

89 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Oct 6, 2018

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Volador (2015) - "A clear varietal garnacha, this wine’s red fruit and flower scents meld in a rustic yet approachable texture. For grilled salchichas (sausages)."

87 Points (Best Buy)
Wine & Spirits, Feb 1, 2017

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Volador (2014) - "A plush texture carries bright flavors of tart cherry, cranberry, fresh herb and licorice in this lively red. Racy acidity gives way to a tangy finish. Drink now through 2018."

87 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Apr 30, 2016

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Vespres (2014) - "This juicy red delivers lively flavors of black cherry, cranberry, mountain herb and smoke, backed by light tannins and zesty acidity. Exuberant. Drink now through 2020. "

88 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Apr 1, 2016

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Vespres (2014) - "Brilliant red. Red berries, white pepper and a suggestion of musky underbrush on the nose. Silky and light on its feet, the wine reveals juicy raspberry and redcurrant flavors that spread out slowly on the back half. Made in a fresh, graceful style, without excess fat. Smooth and refreshingly tangy, with lingering spiciness and gentle tannins contributing shape and grip on the finish."

89 Points
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Jan 21, 2016

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Volador (2014) - "Vivid ruby-red. Aromas of dried cherry, smoked meat and white pepper, with a subtle touch of minerality emerging as the wine opens up. Juicy and taut, the palate displays bitter cherry and rhubarb flavors and a sweetening floral pastille nuance . Closes with good tangy cut, gentle tannic grip, and a lingering cherry pit note."

89 Points
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Jan 21, 2016

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Vespres (2013) - "Bright purple. Lively, mineral-accented aromas of dark berries, licorice and violet, with a peppery note building in the glass. Mineral-driven blackberry and bitter cherry flavors become sweeter with air and pick up a smoky nuance. Sappy, focused and spicy on the finish, with the dark berry and floral notes carrying through."

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2014

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Volador (2013) - "Bright violet color. Lively, lucid cherry and dark berry aromas show suggestions of floral oils, licorice and minerals. Juicy and precise, offering tangy blackcurrant and bitter cherry flavors accented by a touch of cracked pepper. Finishes with good thrust and length and firming tannins, leaving a cherry pit note behind."

89 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2014

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Vespres (2013) - "The 2013 Vespres displays a dark ruby color and aromas of dark red fruit, minerals and spice. A blend of 80% Garnacha and 20% Carignan, it is fresh, soft and elegant on the palate with ripe fruit flavors, good structure and more depth than the Volador. The tannins are soft but firm and the finish long and pure. The grapes for this beauty are sourced from 50 to 70 year old vines. "

92 Points
Mike Potashnik & Don Winkler, International Wine Review, Jun 1, 2014

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Volador (2013) - "The Volador is a blend of Garnacha, Samso, Syrah and a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon. It displays a dark ruby color and aromas of fresh dark red berry fruit, slate and spice. Aged in first and second year French oak and cement tanks, it is ft on the attack with a lovely texture on the palate, good flavor, soft silky tannins and a long finish."

91 Points
Michael Potashnik & Don Winkler, International Wine Review, Jun 1, 2014

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Vespres (2011) - "The 2011 Vespres is ruby red and a blend of 80% old vines Garnatxa and 20% Mazuelo. Sourced from a one-hectare parcel of 90-110 year old vines, it offers aromas of black cherry, plum, spice and lots of sweet oak. It is ripe and mouth filling with good intensity of fruit and oak flavors. The tannins are firm and the oak is rather dominant throughout. Need time to settle down and should improve with age."

90 Points
Michael Potashnik & Don Winkler, International Wine Review, Jan 1, 2014

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Vespres (2011) - "This slightly opaque and dark garnet colored wine from Spain opens with a fragrant and inviting boysenberry bouquet with a hint of black cherry cola. On the palate, this wine is a good as it smells. It is medium bodied, balanced, fruit forward, and smooth. The flavor profile is a tasty black plum with nicely integrated hints of boysenberry, gentle oak and a touch of red currant. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins are a bit sticky, but manageable. This wine is a very nice drinking wine. It would also pair well a New York Strip steak. Enjoy."

92 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Sep 1, 2013

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Vespres (2011) - "(A blend of Garnacha and Samsó--a.k.a. Cariñena or Carinyena, or Carignan if you're a Francophile): Deep ruby. Ripe cherry and dark berry flavors are complemented by notes of candied flowers, smoky minerals and licorice. Juicy, penetrating and pure, offering vibrant dark berry flavors that become sweeter with air. Dusty tannins come on late and add grip to an impressively long, smoky finish. "

91 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2013

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Vespres (2010) - "The aroma of this wine is almost hallucinogenic, a wild mix of earth, blackberries and raspberries. The mouth is juicy, powered by the wine's fruit with eccentric little details of meatiness and earthiness that focus on its originality and distinction. Vespres is an old-vine blend of Garnacha (80 percent) and Mazuelo."

94 Points, Year's Best
Patricio Tapia, Wine & Spirits, Feb 1, 2013

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Vespres (2010) - "This ruby red colored Spanish Red opens with a ripe black cherry bouquet with hints of mild new leather and a touch of oak. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and juicy. The flavor profile is a mild old infused ripe red currant with notes of nicely integrated minerality. I also detected hints of black pepper and cranberry. The finish is dry and its moderate dusty tannins are very sticky and last for quite some time. I would pair this fruit bomb with a juicy Angus burger smothered in barbecue sauce. Enjoy."

92 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Jan 1, 2013

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Vespres (2010) - "Opaque ruby.  Sexy, intense aromas of candied red berries, cherry pit, potpourri and woodsmoke, with a vibrant mineral overtone.  Juicy, penetrating raspberry and cherry flavors pick up notes of licorice and cola with air, along with a touch of candied violet.  Bright and spicy on the finish, which shows refreshing bitterness and lingering red fruit nuances."

92 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2012

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Vespres (2009) - "Deep violet color. Exotically perfumed scents of red and dark berries, incense, lavender and smoky minerals. Bright, tightly focused cherry and dark berry flavors are lifted by a zesty mineral quality and gain spiciness with air. Leaves licorice and floral pastille notes behind on the long, fruit-driven finish. This drinks very well now, with some decanting."

91 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2011

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Vespres (2009) - "The 2009 Vespres is a blend of Garnacha and Cariñena with a bouquet of liquid minerality and confiture of black fruits. Dense, sweet, and incipiently complex, it will reward another 2-3 years of cellaring and offer a drinking window extending through 2024."

92 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, May 4, 2011

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Vespres (2008) - "This opaque and cloudy dark purple colored wine opens with a musty oak and black cherry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, well balanced, and juicy. The flavor profile is a red cherry and boysenberry blend with just a touch of oak. The finish is pretty dry and its moderate dusty tannins stick around a while. This wine would pair well with a messy rack of ribs."

89 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Nov 16, 2010

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Vespres (2008) - "Saturated ruby. Deep ruby. Ripe aromas of candied plum, cherry, spices and woodsmoke, but with surprising freshness. Dense and full-bodied but energetic, with nicely focused flavors of dark cherry and smoky herbs. Finishes moderately long and gently tannic, repeating the cherry and spice notes."

88 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 16, 2010

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Vespres (2008) - "The 2008 Vespres is made up of 80% Garnacha and 20% Samsó aged in various sizes of French oak for 8-10 months. Dark ruby red in color, it offers up a fragrant bouquet of mineral, Asian spices, damp earth, violets, black cherry, and blackberry. Sweetly-fruited, layered, and well-balanced, this lengthy effort will continue to evolve for another 2-3 years and provide pleasurable drinking through 2020."

90 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Apr 30, 2010

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