137/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Montsant – Falset – Wine Fair – Sileo 2013
….., Oh, Oh, My God! And the winner is! Sileo 2013!!! By a mile! Out of all the new wines presented at the annual Wine Fair in Falset, I have to say I fell in love with this young, fresh red and you’ll be able to read the full tasting notes below. Yet another day, hard at work, this time combining work with pleasure and spending the day with great friends! Just the way it should be on the third day of May, with around 26 degrees in the shade! My kind of work day!
Plenty of wine lovers around, great wineries displayed some of the best they have to offer, although there were few “new” wines presented. Simultaneously, Gratallops was hosting Tast amb Dones at Clos Figueras and Tast amd Llops at Cal Llops! Which in brief means that Montsant/Priorat wineries had to divert some forces to the wonderful village of Gratallops. Missed some cellars and friends but had to make do. This is an reoccurring fair, so make sure to make a note in your calendar for next year. Great opportunity to try Priorat/Montsant!
The Priorat county celebrates its annual Wine Fair usually during the first weekend of May. It is dedicated to the two wine appellations of the county, the DOQ Priorat and the D.O. Montsant. The wineries involved offer tastings of their wines in exchange for tasting tickets which can be purchased at the fair in the information tent. There are also parallel events taking place over the long weekend such as conferences, talks, wine-tasting courses, cooking contests, wineries opening up for visitors, guided olive oil tastings, wine and food pairings etc…….
The Falset Wine Fair is a unique opportunity to discover the wines of a region that, over the years, has become an international benchmark for great wines. The Fair will decipher the wines and wineries of the regions and their latest creations. At the same time, it is the ideal way to approach the region and meet the people, and see the land that makes these exceptional wines possible.
The Sileo is made by Cellers At Roca and the wine maker is Agusti Torello i Sibill. If you think you recognize the name of Torello, you’re absolutely right. Penedes hosts the winery of Agusti Torello i Mata and Agusti is the son from the same family. He started this project in the Montsant and the winery is located in a former discotheque in Falset. More details to come, as I have to visit them quite soon!
Sileo 2013, 80% Garnacha and 20% Samsó
This IS the color of dark cherry! Some purple hues, clean and clear. Thick and abundant tears. The nose is clean and honest aromas of red and black fruit appear, strawberries and blackberries on a slightly spicy background which highlights the vanilla and coconut and light smoky notes. The palate is fresh, satiny, with sweet tannins and well integrated with the alcohol. It is a powerful, elegant and expressive wine, which blends red fruit with notes of pastry and fine woods. Long aftertaste where the fruit blends with notes of wood. Got to love this one!
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