Capmany, 16th October 2019. – 11 wines of Vinyes d’Olivardots (DO Empordà) have received ratings above 91 points in the magazine The Wine Advocate of the prestigious American critic Robert Parker. The notes are included in the article “Spain: Priorat and the Apellations of Catalonia – The Names of the Land and Corpinnat”, signed by its taster in the Spanish State, Luis Gutiérrez, where it emphasizes particularly the white Carignan vinification of Olivardots winery, awarding scores of 94 and 93+ to wines made with this variety: Vd’O 6.17 (2017) and Vd’O 6.15 (2015), respectively.
However, the highest rating of the winery has been for the wine Vd’O 1.13 (2013), with 95 points, a single vineyard of old red Carignan vines of the collection “Varietals de terrer”, that is born on floors of slate between the terms of Vilamaniscle and Rabós d’Empordà.
In the article, Luis Gutiérrez underlines the quality of the wines of the cellar of Capmany town with a foothold in which there are some references and placing all the other wines between 94 and 91 points, which says:
“The impressive collection of wines from Vinyes d’Olivardots in Empordà”.
For Carme Casacuberta, winemaker and owner of Vinyes d’Olivardots winery, “Parker scores recognize the philosophy, effort and way of understanding and expressing the Empordà by the winery”. The fact that a wide and diverse range of wines has received excellent scores is, for the winemaker, “a recognition to the work we do from our beginnings to preserve and recover the autochthonous varieties that are planted in ‘Alt Empordà, the different types of land, the work for farms, zoning …, in addition to assessing the criteria and feelings that we put when making wine”.
Vinyes d’Olivardots was born in 2002 in the village of Capmany with a clear commitment to the Carignans of Empordà in all its versions: red, white and gray.
In 2015 the daughter of Carme Casacuberta, Carlota Pena, after completing the studies of Oenology at the URV joins the project, contributing new concerns and introducing the winery to biodynamic agriculture. The tandem mother-daughter adds to keep valuing and achieving the essence of a territory such as the Empordà.
Also, remembering that in 2016, Vinyes d’Olivardots receives the Gold Vinari award and best wine from Catalonia with the single vineyard Vd’O 1.10 (2010) 100% Carignan on slate soil and in 2018, the Gold Vinari award to the best aged wine from Catalonia with Gresa expressió 2010. A year later, Parker recognizes his career with excellent scores for 11 of his wines.
Wine list and scores:
Vd’O 1.13 2013 Negre 95
Vd’O 6.17 2017 Blanc 94
Vd’O 2.12 2012 Negre 94
Vd’O 6.15 2015 Blanc 93+
Vd’O 2.13 2013 Negre 93
Gresa 2012 Negre 93
Groc d’Àmfora 2018 Blanc 92
Vd’O 7.17 2017 Blanc 92
Rosa d’Àmfora 2018 Rosat 91
Blanc de Gresa 2016 Blanc 91
Vd’O 5.15 2015 Negre 91