Priorat, in Northeastern Spain, is one of the country's most unique
D.O.s. (now DOCa - thanks Steven!) It's quite small (1,820 ha) and has been focused on an international style and international grapes for some time. Priorat is essentially a stone-ringed amphitheater for grapes. In other words the grapes get a lot of sun and get to chill at night. All this equates to bold, intense red wines.
Pasanau "Finca La Planeta" '01 ($48)
- Origin: Northeastern Spain's D.O. Priorat
- From "La Planeta" vineyard - 3 hectares over slate soil
- 80% Cabernet Sauvignon 20% Garnacha
- Dense, inky purple in color with a cherry-red rim, fading to pink
- Bold scents of cooked blackberries and blueberries, caramel-vanilla spice, and subtle prune/fig undertones. There's also a slight aroma of red grapes..
- Concentrated, full-bodied, and long lasting. Pasanau is full of big, round tannins floating in flavors of vanilla, cedar, pepper, and red & black berries.
****.5 (4.5 stars out of 5)
Even though this is one intense mutha, I found it to be Empanadas-friendly. I plan to buy another bottle and hide it for five years. A little ageing will make this an amazing vino.