2021-C Albet i Noya 'Curiosa' Rosat, Penedes DO, Spain (750ml)
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A Seasonal Rosé Wine Club Selection
The dynamic and passionate Josep Maria Albet i Noya is the innovative proprietor of Albet i Noya. In 1978, at just 20-years-old, he introduced organic practices to the winery despite widespread skepticism, and became the ﬁrst certiﬁed organic winery in Spain. His vegetarian convictions and philosophical nature enabled him to lead the charge. His family has been tending the land for ﬁve generations, dating back to 1903, and was able to purchase the estate in the 1980s ater tenant farming the property for decades. A vocal advocate, Josep continues to inspire farmers throughout the region, serving as president of Penedès DO.
Most of Albet i Noya's vineyards are in the mountains of Ordal, arranged on terraces, slopes or in small plots that can each be tended individually based on speciﬁc orientation, hours of sunshine, humidity and altitude. The vineyard team uses plant cover to oxygenate the soil in the most natural way possible, and only applies green and organic fertilizers. They completely avoid the use of insecticides with sexual confusion techniques or through the balance of biodiversity, by reintroducing—for example—bat colonies. Over the years, Albet i Noya has planted and introduced more than 20 diﬀerent grape varieties to the area, including local and international cultivars and several experimental varieties. This eﬀort is part of a complex R & D project, searching for pest-resistant varietals that should, in the near future, eliminate the use of copper and reduce applications of sulfur in the vineyard by 90%.
This bright and fruity rosé is a blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Syrah from vines planted in 1990. The grapes were macerated for a few hours prior to fermentation. The juice was fermented for 25 days at 60ºF, cold stabilized and sterile ﬁltered prior to bottling. No aging.
Neon pink. Deceptively sweet aromas of confected strawberry. The palate turns dry with ripe and fresh, red fruits: strawberry, raspberry and red plum skin with a lovely savory note of sweet fennel. Simply delicious!