91pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
An entry-level red from local varieties, the 2019 Vermell is a blend of 70% Garnacha Tintorera and 30% Mandó from vines planted in 1996. It fermented with part of full clusters in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts and matured in 2,600-liter clay tinajas (amphorae) for four months. The vinification is very light, closer to a rosé than a red. This is very primary, juicy like biting into a ripe bunch of grapes. The palate is still mineral and serious, with a dry, chalky finish, quite unusual at this price point. It has a little more structure and oomph than the 2018. Straightforward and easy to drink. 80,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2020.
Vermell is a blend featuring 70% Garnacha Tintorera – a 19th-century, French crossing of Garnacha and Aramon Noir that was widely planted after phylloxera. It was initially prized for its dark color (its flesh is red as well as its skins) and productive yields. It gradually found its way to Iberia with significant plantings in Galicia, La Mancha, Valencia, and Southern Portugal. Vermell also includes 30% younger vine Mandó. Hand harvested, destemmed and fermented by natural yeasts in stainless steel tanks and stone lagars, then aged in amphorae, Vermell showcases the typical bright, red-berried, and herbal flavors of Garnacha Tintorera without being overripe, overbearing, or overloaded with oak. It is an excellent introduction to the new “old style” of wines being made at Celler del Roure.