93 POINTS | Robert Parker
90 POINTS | James Suckling
Founded by the Peris family in 1984, Mont Rubi is a producer who marries tradition with innovation. Located in the Penedès region in Northeast Spain famed for producing the sparkling wine Cava, Mont Rubi go against the grain and are dedicated to producing still wines from overlooked indigenous grape varieties. With thirty hectares of high altitude sites, Mont Rubi craft wines that are fresh and elegant.
Begun in 2000, the Gaintus Project championed the revival of the near-extinct grape variety, Sumoll. The name Gaintus refers to a climbing trail in the Pyrenees and it symbolizes the challenge that Mont Rubi were facing. The Gaintus Radical Sumoll 2019 is vinted from 100% Sumoll and represents a huge achievement for the winery, and with two impressive 90+ point reviews, clearly the project was a success.
The winery writes "Gaintus Radical surprises from the first sight. Bright ruby colour, very different from the classic stereotype of “Spanish wine”. On the nose, vibrant aromas of sour cherries and a touch of rusticity, while the palate is brimming with red fruits flavors and spicy notes. Incredible zip from the acidity and tannins. Extremely complex, it does not go unnoticed."