Unfortunately, Espelt’s wines see a very limited distribution in the North America. Lucky for us, Eric Solomon does import Espelt’s entry level red, the Espelt Sauló into this country. It is a blend of 60% Garnacha and 40% Carineña. This wine comes from the Empordà region that lies just south of the French border on the Mediterranean coast. The soil there is mainly decomposed granite soils (locally known as Sauló) that force vines to struggle for nutrients.
ABV: 13%. Price paid: $11.
Color: dark ruby.
Nose: Aroma of dried cherry, a whiff of alcohol and a hint of oak.
Palate: Supple fruit, consistent cherry flavor with notes of plum. Decent structure with grainy tannins. Round and soft mouth feel.
Finish: Short with notes of cherry. Drying tannins is still slightly harsh.
The Espelt Sauló comes with a synthetic rubber cork. It is a straight forward wine that goes really well with wide range of casual dishes. Although this wine is meant for immediate consumption, all the components 'may' come together better if we give this wine a year or two in the bottle. However, with all the lush fruits and the easy drinking style, who can wait?