Joan d’Anguera has established a formidable reputation in this small and new wine D.O. Several of the wines have been anointed with 90+ points from Robert Parker, and though the estate boasts some wonderful old-vines Grenache and Carignan, there is much excitement about the Syrah made here. Josep d’Anguera senior introduced a Syrah clone to these northern Spanish vineyards in 1980, which he obtained from UC Davies in California, after much experimentation with clones from the Rhône and elsewhere.
Clearly, whatever their father has done here to make Joan d’Anguera one of the most exciting estates in Spain, the brothers will not rest on their laurels. They are tinkering with blends, switching from American oak to French, and selling off much of their grape production to local producers so that they can concentrate on quality. The superb wines of Joan d’Anguera are made in relatively small quantities, but are well-priced, and worth seeking out.
The tasting room.