Special BAYWAY100 points - The 2011 Besllum is produced with 50% Garnacha, 40% Carinena and 10% Syrah aged for 13-15 months in oak barriques, 40% of them new. It displays a very ripe nose of black plums, prunes and dates intermixed with notes of graphite and dark chocolate, in a supple palate with marked acidity, abundant dusty tannins and good length. Drink 2015-2019.
To anyone who wants a textbook example of a well-balanced wine, look no further than the Besllum Montsant. It has a good amount of fruit both in the nose and on the palate, a good balance of acid and alcohol, and very luscious tannins. Drink this wine with steak, grilled meats, rodizio, or solomillo espanol.
|Joan Carles Estivill is the third generation from his family to be tending to their family vineyards. The vineyards are located in Cornudella del Montsant, the highest village in the appellation. He is passionate about his vineyards and he only founded his bodega after the region received denomination of origin status. He leaves the wine making skills to his young winemaker, Ramon Valls. His boutique bodega only produces about 5,000 cases per year. Joan Carles developed a circular metal retainer that he puts around each of his old vines to provide a trellis effect for the vine. He finds that the retainer helps the grapes remain very small for better concentration. Joan Carles also lets the grass grow in the vineyards to absorb the spring rains in order to further stress the vines.