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Celler Pardas "Sus Scrofa" Sumoll '19

Catalunya

Celler Pardas "Sus Scrofa" Sumoll '19

Those of us looking for light-bodied, fresh reds sometime struggle to find alternatives outside of the world of Pinot Noir and Gamay.

Luckily for us, a small group of producers in the Penedès never gave up on the indigenous variety, Sumoll. The variety that was once almost extinct, has found new life with this group of dedicated producers.

One such producer, and arguably the finest producer of Sumoll is Celler Pardas. Since they first found their beautiful Can Comas estate, Sumoll along with the white grape Xarel.lo have been the focus of their work in the vineyards. In the beginning years, the Sumoll story at Pardas was told through two wines, an age worthy Rosat, and a superbly complex red called “Collita Roja.”

In 2016, the duo released a new red made from Sumoll called “Sus Scrofa.” The idea for this wine was to make a young, energetic red that showed well in its youth. The grapes are sourced from three vineyards, all organically farmed. Once the grapes are harvested and sorted, 50% is destemmed, crushed and put in tank by gravity. The other 50% is whole cluster. Pardas only employs native yeasts in its winemaking, and “Sus Scrofa” is fermented and aged in concrete tanks.

In our humble opinion, the 2019 is the finest vintage to date. Aromatically you may find some similarities to the Italian grape Dolcetto. We find notes of plum and red cherry, along with herbs and licorice notes. On the palate, this displays the vintage high acidity, truly delicate red berry notes, soft tannins up front, and a long energetic finish.

It is such a fun wine to drink, and truly an amazing value. Pair this with a mushroom risotto, or try grilling the classic Spanish sausage.

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Spain

Details

Producer Celler Pardas
Vintage 2019
Format 750ml
Grape Variety Sumoll

Acidity

4 / 5

Tannin

2 / 5

Body

2 / 5

Sweetness

1 / 5

Fruity

4 / 5

Funky

2 / 5

Penedès, Spain

Celler
Pardas

Celler Pardas is located in the Alt Penedès region of Catalunya, an area well known for being the heart of Cava country (Spain's sparkling wine). They have chosen, however, not to make sparkling wine, rather they focus on still wines produced from local varieties.

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