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Oriol Artigas, Sammay Escumós Rosat (2021)

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Hailing from Vilassar de Dalt in the heart of the Alella appellation, Oriol Artigas actually came to winegrowing serendipitously. He originally wanted to be a chemist (ala Jules Chauvet), but after working a harvest in Penedès, Oriol realized that a career in a laboratory wasn’t for him and enrolled in an enology program soon after. He then worked at several wineries across Catalonia, which led him to teaching enology at the local university. Landing a steady job enabled Oriol to explore his true passion: a project revitalizing old coastal Alella vineyards and making supremely transparent, non-interventionist wines that evoke the nearby Mediterranean, wines laced with garrigue and sea salt.

His over-arching philosophy is to “cultivate the vineyards in the most natural and least interventionist way possible, to allow the grapes to express in the most intense way the landscape from which they come.” He works about 12 hectares in total, mostly of old vines. He allows vegetation to grow between the vines, prunes very little, and works the vineyards primarily along the lunar calendar. In the winery, fermentations are completely spontaneous, aging is primarily done in steel vats, and sulfur is never used at any point in his process.

Sammay Escumós Rosat is 100% Trepat from young vines on sandy granite soils around Alella. Hand-harvested, 50% of grapes pressed whole cluster and 50% were added to the juice to infuse and macerate during fermentation in plastic vat before pressing to stainless steel tanks. A portion of the wine was bottled before fermentation finished for pet nat. 10% ABV. Unfined, unfiltered, and undisgorged. No added SO2.