58/365 – Catalonia – DOQ Priorat – Costers del Priorat – Pissarres 2011
… and what are we talking about? Love, yes sure, but the love can also and always be a bottle or two or wine. So, this is what I propose, you bring the wine and I’ll prepare the food. Or don’t bring the wine, I have some left, and let’s share a moment!
Cutting the work week short and having friends over for a nice end of the winter/beginning of spring barbecue, is there anything better? Nice local cured sausages, olives, cheese and bread. Sardines, fresh from the market at the port, on the barbecue, a bottle of Jane Ventura, Reserva de la Musica, magnum, so it lasts for while. I can live like this!
Costers del Priorat has one of the best vineyards in the region, located in Bellmunt, the heart of Priorat. Costers del Priorat is in a mountainous setting where the vineyards must be cultivated on small, stepped terraces, where production is limited and the work is principally manual.
It is in this unique environment where the Bodega Costers del Priorat was established. There are old vines of the Garnacha and Cariñena varietals with ages ranging from 40 to 100 years. This translates into an oenological treasure that leads to the production of wines that are easily-recognised around the world.
The secret to making great wines is mainly concentrated in the low out-take of the vines and the stress endured. The low rainfall and the typical Priorat soil “Llicorella”, which is considered infertile provide small, focused and very high quality clusters. Quality is seen through the whole process and vinification of each vineyard separately. As a result it provides a powerful, well structured and very convenient wine for barrel aging.
Pissarres 2011, Garnacha, Carinena and Cabernet Sauvignon
Intense cherry color with violet edges. Very bright, with plenty of fine tears. Aromas perfectly balanced with abundance of ripe black fruits intermixed with vanilla. Roasted and floral notes. Great mineral background. Deep and intense aromas. A round, easy to drink, wine in perfect harmony and well balanced. Silky and fleshy, very greedy fruit nuanced by toasted notes and graphite. Perfect acidity developing a pleasant freshness. Mature and well integrated tannins. Great long finish.
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