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Vinya La Scala Gran Reserva 2015 is dressed with the art of Josep Guinovart

Vinya Scala 2015

Wine and art are intertwined again in the new vintage of our historic Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva.

We announce the launch of the 2015 vintage of Vinya La Scala Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva, the icon wine of our winery that is made only in those years in which the harvest is exceptional.

Wine and art

This wine has always been closely linked to the world of art. Through its labels, which reproduce works by renowned artists, this vintage pays tribute to Josep Guinovart, a painter, draftsman and printmaker from Barcelona who died in 2007 and is considered one of the leading representatives of informality.

The work that illustrates the label is entitled “Els ceps i la nit” (“The vines and the night”). It is a painting that captivates with its fabulous range of greens and ochre and its old twisted vines, evoking a vineyard that delves into the deep blue of the night while the moon, like a beacon, illuminates the steps.

Elaboration

It is certified as ‘Vi de Finca‘, the highest distinction awarded by the Generalitat de Catalunya. This historic organic cabernet sauvignon comes from a small 8-hectare plot planted in 1963 on clay-calcareous soils, at an altitude of 295 meters, in the heart of the Penedès. The 2015 vintage was characterized by a dry vegetative cycle and normal temperatures, with a cold ripening period. Thanks to these conditions, the grapes will ripen slowly, favouring a good balance and elegance.

The wine is aged in French oak barrels for a minimum of 24 months, with subsequent bottle aging for a minimum of 3 years. From this vintage, 12,209 bottles have been produced. It is also available in an elegant, limited-production matching wooden case, making it an ideal gift for wine and art lovers this Christmas season.

History

Jean Leon Vinya La Scala, named after the restaurant, run by Jean Leon in Beverly Hills, was the first wine made mainly from cabernet sauvignon in Spain in 1969.

Another milestone was marked by the 1975 vintage, which was chosen for the official inauguration dinner of Ronald Reagan as president of the United States in 1981. Since the 1979 vintage, the wine has been illustrated with a work of art.

Among the artists who have combined their works with our wines are Waltraud Maczassek, Josep Mª Subirachs, Josep Martí Bofarull, Modest Cuixart, Javier Mariscal, Josep Moscardó and Gloria Muñoz.

If after reading this article you have wanted to try this great reserve, wait no more, you can find it here.