2016 Pasanau Ceps Nous – Intense Wine

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A bit different this evening with a blend from Priorat, Spain. This area is in the north-easterly side of Spain. Known for their big, bold and intense red wines, this shows its heritage and pedigree well. Located between Valencia and Barcelona, at between 500 to 2,400 elevation. Cellar Pasanau is at the base of Serra de Montscant (drawing on the bottle). Located about 25 miles inland from the Mediterranean coast line. The Pasanau Family has vineyards that date back 100 years. Yet keeping the family winery small with production being approximately 4,500 cases per year.

This wine immediate throws one back to Spain with its makeup of intense old vines of Garnacha. This grape produces a strong and concentrated fruit, with aromas of licorice and brandied cherries. A great wine with food lamb, beef, etc.  They have “rounded” it with Cabernet Sauvignon (7%), Mazuelo (19%), Merlot (6%) and Syrah (10%) for structure and a beautiful taste profile.

On the eyes it has a dark red ruby color with a medium heavy body. The aromas and tastes are complex and layered with blackberries, chocolate, tobacco and vanilla. This finishes off with the rugged minerality coming from the adjacent rocky mountains. Coupled with oak and cedar notes provide an extended enjoyable finish.

Priorat wines should always be in everyone’s cellar, if not for the pure enjoyment of the wine, but to remind you of yours travels to Spain. Cellar Pasanau transport you free of charge minus the purchase of the bottle of  wine! 

 

Slainte,

Michael
https://californiawinesandwineries.com

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