Enric Soler is known as the king of xarel•lo. His subtle, elegant Nun is the fruit of a family plot of unique, old vine xarel•lo clones, biodynamically farmed, bush-trained, and draped in a carpet of thick, indigenous ground cover. Espenyalluchs takes the Soler clones to almost four hundred meters above sea level, the highest elevation where xarel.lo ripens, to understand his family’s legacy through the lens of ephemeral grace. Enric is a minimalist in the cellar, leaving the grapes to reflect their beautiful provenance. Since his first vintage in 2004, Enric’s wines have defined classic, and helped establish xarel•lo’s reputation as a world-class varietal. Malvasía de Sitges is a newcomer to Enric’s oeuvre, which he blends with xarel.lo in Istiu or ages under flor over the subterranean river that flows beneath his modernized farmhouse cellar.
Enric crafts: Nun, Espenyalluchs, Improvisació, Istiu
Wood from Nun grafted to roots on a steep vineyard at the limit of where Xarel.lo can ripen in Alt Penedès sets the bar for excellence in young vines. Winter 2019
Vinya dels Taus means 'vineyard of the moles.' The soil is alive and biodiverse, teeming with native flowers, grasses, and lots of beneficial bugs--happy hunting for the healthy population of dirt wolves that live there!