Our Bruberry selection was crafted by Portal del Montsant, founded by RamOn RaventOs Basagoiti in 2003. The Montsant wine region is one of Spain's newest, having been granted appellation status in 2001. One wonders what took them so long, considering the fact that wine has been made here for a mere 2,000 years!
Montsant is in the province of Tarragona in northeastern Spain, about 60 miles southwest of Barcelona. Over 90% of the production here is red, making our selection rather rare indeed.
The vineyards here are a virtual patchwork quilt of soils and subsoils. One foot is granite, the next clay, the next sandy loam, making the decision of what to plant where a bit of a challenge. However, the beauty of having done this type of thing for a couple of millennia in this region is that it's now much easier here than in an untried area. They have a very good idea of what grows best where in Rioja.
The vineyards were here long before Basagoiti purchased the property, but he did make some changes in the mix. He planted more Grenache Blanc because it was producing wines of outstanding quality and becoming quite popular. Today, it is the most popular white grape in Spain.
And it's no wonder. The flavors of this grape are unmistakable. White peach and nectarine abound and are prevented from going over the top with a small dose of Viura, which balances the acidity. All in all, a pure pleasure to drink.