08-07-2017

Tomàs Cusiné – Finca Comabarra 2012

I was quite excited to taste this wine as previous experience with Tomàs Cusiné wines as seen in the “Mineral” made in a negociant fashion down in DO Montsant or then the “Cara Nord” white and red that are made in DO Conca de Barberà. While they have a few projects like this around Catalonia but their main base is up in DO Costers del Segre.

With this wine, in the marketing materials, they make a great deal of allusion to how it’s the “best selection from their highest altitude vineyards” from the property called, “Finca Comabarra”, but they don’t really stipulate how high that is. Catalonia is mountainous but that could be from 300-800m which changes the profile a great deal.

As it sits, it speaks more to the 2012 vintages than anything else. This was a big, fruity vintage for most producers and this wine embodies that a great deal. It seems like it’s trying to make some mid-Bordeaux-Rhône approach to the wine but to me, this comes up a bit short. It still needs more time in the bottle, although I think the Cab Sauv (no indication as to actual percentages but it seems to be a bit) will start to take over the wine.

I’d be more interested in trying the 2013 when it comes out as I think that will give a much better indication as there where they’re headed with this wine.

This bottle was provided as a review sample by the winery

Finca Comabarra 2012
Medium ruby with a decent amount of garnet cresting at the rim. Blackberry and immediate wild forest fruit attack, sage, pine, hint of wet stone, dried moss and something of a blueberry jam at the bottom of it. Medium acidity with the alcohol quite prevalent and overwhelming the wine a bit on the palate, barrel notes come out more in the finish, full and plush but with extremely ripe, bursting fruit. With air, Cab notes start taking protagonism a great deal more.

Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon 14.5% 24€
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