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Costers del Priorat "Pissarres" Tinto '17


Costers del Priorat "Pissarres" Tinto '17

Outside of Rioja, Priorat is Spain's only other Denominación de Origen Calificada, the highest ranking appellation status given to regions in Spain. The appellation was awarded this status in 2003, miraculous given that the modern history of the region didn't start till the late 1980's when five wineries banded together to share their grapes and produce their wines from the small village of Gratallops.

What brought interest to the region was the history, and restoration of vineyards which included many old neglected vines. Grenache and Samsó (Carignan) are the main grapes of the region, and their ability to survive the extremes of the regions weather perfectly suit them to the vineyards. 

Winemaker José Mas Barberà has been provided all the "tools" necessary to make incredible wine in Priorat. Costers del Priorat is owned by a group of over 20 investors, who have helped purchase 25 hectares of vineyards, including some very old and historic vineyards. The winery is located in El Molar, in the southeast of the appellation. 7 wines are produced at Costers del Priorat, including two white wines and a "vi ranci" or rancio. 

At the heart of the winery is red wine. "Pissarres" is the flagship wine of Costers del Priorat. While there is a less expensive wine produced, and two single parcel wines "Pissarres" is the perfect introduction. 

The 2017 vintage is a blend of 65% old-vine Samsó and 35% Garnatxa from the Mas Alsera vineyard in Torroja del Priorat and Sant Martí in Bellmunt. The wine is fermented in cement tanks and is aged in 225L and 500L used and new French oak barrels. 

Beautiful aromas of ripe strawberry, cracked pepper and cocoa notes. Full-bodied, with structure building in the palate, finishing long with pristine fruit and spice. 

Grab a bottle of "Pissarres" to pair with the delicious brisket or ribs at Smoque BBQ. You will probably see me in the pick up line outside!




Producer Costers del Priorat
Vintage 2017
Format 750ml


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