Celler Tomàs Torres Al Tall Negre 2020

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Carricola, Valencia, Spain
Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, no additional sulphites
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Mightily approachable Garnacha, made in a smooth, supple style. Crunchy red fruits up front, with just the right amount of spice. As the illustration on the label might suggest (as well as looking a bit like a 70s paperback edition of a Thomas Pynchon novel), this wine is vinified in a lighter-bodied, drinkable style and goes down with much pleasure and satisfaction.

Celler Tomas Torres is in the village of Carricola (written in the manner of coca-cola when you drive into the village) in the hills about an hour south of Valencia. Vicent Tomàs has been making natural wines in these pretty hills for over twenty years. He makes them without fuss, primarily for a local market, or as he put it, for people who care about their health. The wines are vibrant and generally bottled within the year although he makes a few (incredibly good value) wines that are barrel aged. The whites are made from local varieties; Tortosi, Tardana and Macabeu. The reds from Tempranillo, known locally as Hare's eye or Ull de Llebre and little parcels of Cabernet , Merlot and Syrah.