Terlato Wines, the world’s leading luxury wine company, today announced an exclusive, long-term agreement with Marco Abella to import the estate’s highly regarded portfolio of wines from the Priorat region of Spain to the United States.
“We want to work with extraordinary producers in great appellations, and we have exactly that with the Marco Abella wines from Priorat,” Terlato Wines CEO William A. Terlato said. “The Marco family is making amazing wines that are ideally suited for the U.S fine wine market. This is a wonderful quality addition to our exceptional portfolio.”
At their winery in the remote village of Porrera, the Marcos make small lots of wine from biodynamically farmed vineyards. Their blends combine the unique qualities of indigenous and international grape varieties grown in Priorat’s famed “llicorella” soils with a modern aesthetic that captures the unlimited potential of the Catalan appellation.
The Marco family name appeared on the census of Porrera in 1497, and the family has a long history growing grapes. But it wasn’t until 2001 that family members decided to produce wine from a collection of small hillside vineyards situated at elevations between 1,500 and 2,300 feet above sea level, including the highest vineyard in the entire region.
Terlato Wines will feature three Marco Abella wines, each a reflection of the unique vineyard properties on the Marco estate.
· The flagship Clos Abella ($85 SRP) comes from the black slate soils of the Masos d'en Ferran vineyard at nearly 2,300 feet above sea level and blends the traditional local varieties Carignane and Grenache with smaller amount of Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine’s characteristic freshness is a reflection of this extraordinary high-elevation vineyard, where the grapes ripen slowly and late.
· Mas Mallola ($45 SRP) brings together these same varieties and includes inimitable Grenache from the La Mallola vineyard, which shares many of the same features of Masos d’en Ferran at just slightly lower elevation.
· Loidana ($30 SRP) is a younger, fresh wine, blending Carignane and Grenache in a versatile introduction to Priorat.
All three wines are made with indigenous yeasts for a natural fermentation and transferred to and from barrel by gravity, aged in French oak from multiple coopers.
“Differences in altitude, soil and orientation make each of our vineyards unique, and this is reflected in our wines,” said David Marco, owner and winemaker. “Our philosophy is to ensure that our wines express this authenticity, typicity and essence, while fully respecting the environment.”
The Marco Abella wines are presented in bottles that bear strikingly beautiful labels by the late Josep Guinovart, a close friend of the Marco Family and renowned abstract artist whose work was greatly influenced by the Catalan landscape.