122/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Penedes – Vilafranca del Penedès – Castell d’Or – Cossetania Crianza
What is Hip…..
….., when a wine is found, which ticks all the boxes, that’s something quite rare and it makes me feel like tower of power! Quality, price and overall experience, absolutely. The story is important too, but sometimes I can look past that fact, if the wine is hip enough. The wineries of Castell d’Or, which is the overall brand name, are co-operatives and the company as a whole has nine wine making facilities, nine different brands covering seven appellations out of the grand total of twelve in Catalonia. This is a huge company, but since it is divided you get the sense that we are talking about small producers.
Wines and cavas from Castell d’Or are the result of the effort made by the cooperatives that form the group. The main purpose of Castell d’Or is to ensure a high quality product and also better compensations to the members of the cooperative, to the vine-growers and their family. Thanks to the union and the joint work, Castell d’Or and the cooperatives members have up to date facilities and an accurate technical service, both in the vineyard and in the cellars. Castell d’Or is committed to the innovation and the large distribution net and commercialization of the products all over the world. The wine-elaborating cooperatives of Castell d’Or consists of; Barberà de la Conca, Bellvei del Penedès, L’Arboç, L’Espluga de Francolí, La Nou de Gaià, Solivella, Vila-rodona, Vimbodí and Vinaixa.
The area of Penedès was inhabited and cultivated from the 6th century BC by an Iberian tribe called Cossetans. This wine is a tribute to a millennia of agricultural tradition in the Penedès region.
Cossetania Crianza, Tempranillo and Merlot
The wine is aged in American and French barrels during 9 months, followed by 6 months in the bottle. The color is intense cherry-red with a hint of purple. In the nose an intense, complex and elegant aroma appears. Rich in hints of very rip fruits, aromas of different spices and licorice and crystallized/candied fruit. Very expressive aromas and flavors of the varieties employed, especially the Tempranillo stands out, blackberries, mature red berries and spice. A full-bodied wine, full of flavour and well strctured. A good balance between smothness, acidity and tannins, with a persistent ending. Aftertaste is elegant, long and full of flavor.
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