100% garnacha tinta. Lajas Garnacha Tinta is a single varietal wine coming from a 3-hectare plot of very special Garnacha vines planted in 1947. The soil is called Lajas, and is remarkably special for the area, as it is the same black quartz and schist combination that is found in Priorat known as Llicorella. This oily stone-filled vineyard produces intense fruit with incredible balance destined for the final bottling. Once brought into the winery, the grapes go through a very gentle de-stemming before moved into large cement tanks for natural fermentation. Once malolactic has finished in cement, the wine is moved to neutral French barrels for 15 months to age. The final wine is complex and elegant, yet rustic and burly. Gripping tannins fronted by brambly and spicy fruit shine through first and foremost on the palate, but is followed by fresh earthy tones and slatey minerality. The wine finishes with a lingering balance that makes most high-caliber Priorats seem pedestrian.