Priorat, Spain

  Equipped with a detailed soil map of her estate, illustrating its 11 different soils types, Francesca Vicent, a fifth generation producer, makes terroir driven wines. Dating to the 15th century, Cesca Vicent is one of the oldest Priorato vineyards. In the 1980’s, Francesca inherited 11ha of vineyards, while her brother took over Cellar Cecilio, the family estate. After purchasing an additional 2ha, she established her own terraced vineyard, next to Cellar Cecilio, planting vines in 1984 and selling the grapes until 1999, when Francesca released her first vintage. As a fifth generation winemaker, it was important to Francesca that she pass the family tradition onto her daughters, Carmen and Ester. Instinctually, she’s been practicing organic since 1999, and will become certified in 2011. Striving “to make as natural wine as possible to express the terroir,” Francesca practices dry farming whenever possible and employs “sexual confusion techniques” to deter insects without the use of pesticides. Conducting “soil studies to make sure that merlot, syrah, etc. are planted in the right place,” Francesca says that with this testing, she was “looking for different flavor profiles.” Knowing how each varietal benefits from the different soils, “aids tranquility,” she says, because she, working with vintner Emili Esteve, knows what they have. Working with wild yeasts, and not filtering nor fining in the winery, Esteve has been working with Francesca since day one. Shelftalkers  Winery Website 
cesca-cabalerCabaler
A pale glittering yellow wine with good legs. An attractive and potent aroma of white flowers, pear and vanilla with touches of citrus fruits. On tasting it is well balanced and smooth with a slight flavour of spicy tannin and fruit resulting from the time spent in oak barrels and a pleasant touch of honey. A lingering aromatic aftertaste.
cesca-prioratPriorat
Intense reddish color with violet tones. Good, brilliant maroon depth. On the nose, the first impression is surprising, with a perfumed backdrop of flowers, fruits and as well as strawberries, plums, violets, clove, pepper and tobacco leaves. Bouquet of well-structured oak wood.
cesca-lopiot"Lo Piot" Priorat
Full-bodied and fruity, with sweet, smooth, spicy tannins. Potent and complex aromas with spicy hints reminiscent of clove, cacao and liquorice mixed with a sweet aroma that brings to mind mild caramel as well as tinges of Mediterranean scrub vegetation, together with aromatic herbs with hints of leather and fruit preserve, rounded off with the fine sweet smoky aroma resulting from the time spent ageing in oak barrels. Meaty, slightly sweet and well rounded. It has a surprising and lingering aromatic aftertaste that evokes the terrain of its origins, the Priorato.
cesca-abatAbat Domenech
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Grenache, 10% Merlot, 10% Syrah
Fermentation: temperature controlled stainless steel vat
Yeast: indigenous
Aging: 12 months in French oak barrels
Soil: alluvial soil rich in clay, with gravel and round stones
Vine age: 23 years old
Production: 1,400 bottles
Vineyard size: 11 hectares