Fra Guerau Red

2006 Fra Guerau Red

Fra Guerau [FRA grr-OW] takes its name from a 12th century local monk who had miraculous powers. The story goes that he cured Queen Sança of an unnamed illness and was given land as a reward where he built two chapels. After that, Fra Guerau (Friar Guerau) retired to a cave and spent the rest of his days in secluded meditation. There are 104 acres of vines planted on the Fra Guerau estate, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Tempranillo and Monastrell (known in other parts of Spain as Mataró and in France and California as Mourvèdre) as well as the traditional Montsant grapes—Garnacha, Cariñena and Syrah. The Fra Guerau estate vines are between 7 and 19 years old.

TASTING NOTES

Medium-deep purple in color with a vibrant bluish-rim. The nose is complex and attractive offering aromas of violets and wild blackberry and blueberry preserves with subtle spices. The flavor grows on the palate, opening up to the round tannins with a long and rich finish.

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