2013 Herencia Altes La Serra Negre Old-Vine Carinena-Garnacha

Year: 2013
Appellation: Terra Alta
Country: Spain
Wine Advocate: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :


"A little marked by the élevage with lactic aromas intermixed with notes of fruits of the forest, the 2013 La Serra Negre is a blend of old-vine Cariñena and Garnacha from a single vineyard that names the wine: This is a red matured in new French oak foudre (that I hope they'll reuse in following vintages and mark the wine less) which might explain the initial oaky note. The palate is sinewy, fine-grained and has good acidity that lends elegance and balance to the wine. A pleasant surprise and a new wine to follow, as it should get better as the foudres age and impart less aromas and flavors to the wine. 2,000 bottles.

I was pleasantly surprised by the single vineyard wines from Herencia Altés in Terra Alta (one red and one white), which for some reason I didn't taste last year. A new name to follow." (WA)


This 2013 La Serra negre is a blend of old-vine Carignan and Garnatxa Negra (red Grenache) from a single modest size vineyard. The wines entirely aged in new French barrels whose fascinating oaky quality is certainly an appealing asset. Other assets I found in this wine is its subtle nuances, surprisingly resting, in a rich bodied red, along with a Southern Rhone like character expressed via ripe Currants and dark Cherries. Total production is only 2000 cases a year. Checking on line, this wine is going for at least $45. So you can see what a bargain price L.A. Wine Company has on this wine there selling for $29.95. A fascinating wine you don’t want to miss.

RATING: 93/94

PRICE: $29.95, ***** bargain

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.

(Martin's Guide to Wine Bargains)

Winery Notes:
“Herencia Altès is a project a long time in the making. For generations my family has been grape growers, with vineyards dispersed around the village of Batea. Now, I have decided to give these grapes their own personality in the form of these hand-crafted wines. While Terra Alta is not yet a well known region - tucked away in the southeastern corner of Catalonia it borders Aragón and Valencia - it is one of the largest areas in Catalonia under vine. With plenty of old Garnatxa bush vines, I think it is amongst the best regions in terms of quality and authenticity.

My home village is Batea. Built upon Roman and Moorish foundations it preserves a beautiful historical centre and its grand church is testament to its past glories. In terms of viticulture, it is the most important village in Terra Alta accounting for over 50% of its entire grape production. Most of the grapes are sold to cooperatives or large companies outside the region. Herencia Altes is my dream to put Terra Alta on the map and show the true quality of these wonderful old vines.” -Nuria Altés

Tasting Notes:
Bright crimson in color, this wine is very expressive with notes of red fruits and minerals that leap from the glass. Plenty of fruit on the palate, a touch of complexity and sweet tannins. Pairs well with grilled meats, cabrito, and lamb.