Robert Parker 91
The nose of the showy red 2016 La Serra Negre reminded me of wild blackberries and brambles, very fruit-driven, with an almost complete absence of oak notes. It’s a blend of 60% Cariñena with 40% Garnacha from old vines. It’s ripe and a little heady, clean and with a soft palate with moderate acidity. 3,000 bottles were filled in February 2018. Herència Altés is a fairly recent project created in Gandesa (Terra Alta) in 2010. They are moving fast and own 55 hectares of vineyards and rent a further 20. They have a brand new cellar and are getting certified for organic agriculture in 2018. They produce 400,000 bottles per year.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2022
Brilliant ruby-red. A complex, expansive bouquet evokes red fruit preserves, smoky minerals, exotic spices and candied flowers that show excellent clarity. Sappy, alluringly sweet and penetrating on the palate, offering juicy black raspberry, cherry liqueur, spicecake flavors and a suave floral undertone. Plays richness off of energy adroitly and shows no rough edges. The mineral and spice notes drive an impressively long, sharply delineated finish that’s framed by velvety, steadily mounting tannins.
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2028
The Wine Spectator 91
his plush red shows depth and focus, with black cherry and plum flavors deepened by loamy earth, cocoa and graphite notes. Features well-integrated tannins and just enough acidity for balance. Drink now through 2026. 28 cases imported.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2026