Francisco Martí remembers working the vineyards of Ca n’Estruc as a child, riding a donkey through the fields with his grandfather. Today Francisco nurtures those same vines, many of them 80 years old, located near Barcelona in the shadow of Montserrat. This is sacred land to Francisco. “I was born here, and I will die here,” he says.
From creation to consumption, Francisco is deeply involved in every aspect of the wine trade. He co-owns Vila Viniteca in Barcelona, the finest wine shop in Spain, and he’s a partner in a leading distributor. But his connection to wine starts, as it must, in the vineyards, where he produces some of the best Xarel-lo grapes in Spain, leading to white wines of unusual depth and complexity. Both his whites and reds are highly aromatic, balancing deceiving delicacy with unimpeachable structure.
Francisco takes nothing for granted, building on his heritage with a restless curiosity and drive to carry the spirit of his grandparents into the 21st Century. His vineyards remain a work-in-progress. Recently, for example, he began tightening the space between vines, forcing the roots to compete for nutrients, leading to even more concentrated fruit. For Francisco wine- making is not about aping the past. It’s about finding his own way, creating new traditions and using the wisdom of his family.
Beautiful bright garnet color with ruby hues. Seductive on the nose with lots of red and black fruits, and reminiscent aromas or redcurrant, cherry, plum and apple. Once the wine is aerated, tobacco, black pepper and coffee flavors display in the glass, showing a very seductive and pleasant aromatic blend. Round, smooth and full bodied on the palate. This red wine has a good structure with fine tannins and great freshness that you can feel on the palate from beginning to end. Excellent attributes to age. We recommend decanting 30 minutes before enjoying.