138/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Pla de Bages – Avinyo – Celler Abadal – Abadal Seleccio 2006
….., the dust in Falset is just about to set, as the last day of the annual wine fair is coming to it’s end. For me, the tasting and writing continues but I also have to start focusing on the fair I’m helping to organize here in the village of Llorenc del Penedes. The fair is covering the Baix Penedes region and only ten cellars are going to be here to display their wines. I am happy to be part of this event, especially since it is taking place a couple of hundreds meters from my house. All of this, and more, to come in future blog posts, in the not to distant future. For now, let’s create some awareness for D.O. Pla de Bages, a rather unknown appellation, but with some exciting wines!
1199….., The historic estate of Mas Roqueta in Santa Maria d’Horta d’Avinyó, belonging to the municipality of Avinyó in the Bages region of Central Catalonia, has been documented back to 1199. Nestled among the woods, the estate has been witness to the growing of vines as the main agricultural activity, being the traditional crop of the area.
The Roqueta family story is the story of wine growers. Origins date back to the 12th century, although there are traces of wine-growing activity during the Roman era. It tells of generations of wine-lovers, devoted exclusively to the task of wine growing, handed down to the generations of today. Valentin Roqueta founded Abadal in 1983 at Santa María de Horta de Avinyó, in the family vineyards close to the old Mas Roqueta.
The winery has modern facilities, where it works to recover the winemaking tradition in enriching the D.O. of Pla de Bages, with renewed vision. The grape selection is rigorous and the harvest is done according to the variations of the vineyards and the different degrees of maturation.
The winery combines modern technology with the twelfth-century farmhouse, in perfect harmony. The farm house is now a museum, open to visits. In the old cellar, Sant Ramon, tastings are conducted, barrel tastings, the wines of Abadal and especially the Picapoll, that is a variety native to Pla de Bages.
Historically, dating back to the 17th century, Picapoll is a grape varietal native to the Languedoc area of France that has currently found its way to the northeast portion of Spain in Catalonia. Found as a red, white and gray varietal, the white varietal is currently the most often planted. This time I decided to introduce a red, one of few, from the D.O. of Pla de Bages which I consider to be a keeper. Enjoy!
Abadal Seleccio 2006, 40% Cabernet Franc, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Syrah
My kind of wine! Grown up with all the right properties and with one of my (many) favorite grapes. Thank you Cabernet Franc! Lovely cherry color with garnet rim.Ripe nose of red fruit, mature with nice spice and some mineral notes. Juicy and sweet fruitiness. Very balanced and with great and nicely integrated tannins. A bottle shared with a friend, some slow talk and that’s an great evening right there. Add some food and the evening becomes excellent!
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