The estate: Mas d'en Cosme (Montsant D.O., Spain)
Mas d'en Cosme is a Masia or Catalan country house located in Falset (Tarragona, Spain) that belongs to the D.O. Montsant. The estate has 25 acres of old vines, 5 acres of new vines, and the rest are olive and nut trees. The main varieties are Garnacha and Cariñena with some Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo and Merlot. The first vintage made from that single vineyard was 1999 and only one wine is produced from those yields, Baboix, which means land of the chamomile.
Grapes: 35% Red Garnacha, 35% Cariñena, 10% Tempranillo, 10% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Elaboration: Varieties separately fermented. Temperature controlled, long maceration. Once this process is completed, coupage, aging for 12 months in American and French oak barrels, and at least 4 to 6 months aging in bottles.
Taste: Intense nose of ripe fruits, berries and other wild fruit. Light hint of oak. Full, velvety, well balanced, and delicate in the mouth.
Color: Deep Garnet.
Talking About the Wines:
-Vinous Media (Explore All Things Wine), Jan '16 gave 91 points to 2012 Baboix. "Mineral-inflected raspberry and cherry scents are complemented by violet, woodsmoke, and anise. Very fresh, with a nervy spine of acidity adding bite to the long, gently tannic finish."
-Wine & Spirits Magazine, Feb '15 gave 94 points to 2008 Baboix and named it a Year's Best Catalan Wines. "A hallucinatory blend of red and black fruit flavors cascading into layers of earthy mineral notes, this is a Montsant that's as grand as any Priorat... introducing a delicious wine with generous flavors and textures, driven by the nerve and acidity that marks the best Catalan reds."