Can descRegut, Bitter Sweet Symphony in D.O. Penedes

361/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Penedes – Vilobi del Penedes – Can descRegut – Vermell 2012

Bitter Sweet Symphony…….,

vermell-2012_f_10006987Vermell 2012, 100% Red Xarel.lo

Vibrant yellow-orange color. Equally vibrantly nose, where apple aromas are found comfortably nestled on a citrus background, reminiscent of lime. Some green touches, laurel and a hint of geranium. Medium-bodied, smooth and elegant flavor. Balanced acidity and a slight bitter hint which is actually quite nice. It pairs well with cheeses and with oven baked fish.

Can DEscregutCold maceration of the skins for about 48hours, to extract the aromas of the varietal and some of the color.  A static clearing of the must is then carried out at 14ºC and the alcoholic fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks. After fermentation it ages with its lees for 4 months. 100% Red Xarel.lo. The Red xarel.lo is a genetic mutation of the White Xarel.lo. It is rarely cutivated in the central Penedès region. It comes from old vines, planted 60 years ago, producing less grapes but with more taste concentration. The grape skin is red, and thicker than the White Xarel.lo, giving a different taste.

 

010c5670990903fea0d8c88858a804e9_400x400Can Descregut is an old traditional farmhouse, restored in 1990, when it became a winery to produce wine and Cava. This project works with young vineyards of traditional white varieties like Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel·lo and the Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon when it comes to red varieties. As explained above, they also have a very small plot of the Red Xarel.lo or as it is called here in Catalunya, Xarel.lo Vermell. They have 50 hectares of vineyards, all ecological. The most striking peculiarity of the visit to the facilities of Can Descregut is its zoo, where they have a lot of animals, both domestic and exotic. It is possible to take a walk to see the zoo, especially attractive for children. The visitors can see the whole process of wine and Cava making, from the vineyard to the bottle. The owners of the company are responsible for giving the didactic explanations and take you for a tour of the property. Furthermore, they offer the possibility to have a meal at the estate, a calçotada or barbecue, depending on the time of year.

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descRegut, Qualsevol nit pot sortir el sol in D.O. Penedes

167/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Penedes – Vilobi del Penedes – descRegut– BenVIngut 2013

Qualsevol nit pot sortir el sol….,

descregut

….., oh benVInguts, (welcome in Catalan), was uttered some 20 years ago when the Merlot was introduced at the estate of descRegut! The merlot doesn’t only thrive and prosper in Bordeaux and I have discovered some Catalan merlots that have proved to be really good! I’ll keep searching to find more but in the meanwhile, see if you can find this one to bring some happiness to your wine loving days to come! BenVInguts Merlot!!!

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BenVIngut 2013, 100% Merlot

Fermented during three weeks, after which the malolactic fermentation is done in stainless steel tanks. Light aging in French oak barrels for six months. The aroma is very clean, weel put together and a very nice entry. The foundation is that of red fruits (cherry) and mature black fruit like raspberry jam. Hints of the barrel aging (toasted notes and chocolate), and a very nice vegetal background (mowed grass and Mediterranean forest herbs), which provides a soothing freshness. In the mouth it is a wine with volume, average body, oily texture and velvety touch. Its passage is elegant, fruity, along with a tannic feeling and soft acidity which gives off a cooling effect. For now, this is their only red and I have only tried their younger white, which was also quite nice. I am looking forward to trying their higher level whites!

Descregut-tots

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