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Pasanau La Morera de Montsant

2003 Ruby-red color. Deep cherry and blueberry aromas display notable purity and an expansive personality. Silky in texture, with sweet red and dark berry flavors complicated by gentle spice, smoked meat and mineral accents. Finishes on a peppery dark berry note, with smooth tannins and excellent persistence.
$50.00 / Bottle   $600.00 / Case

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The Pasanau family are perennial growers in Priorat, with vineyards located in the highest municipality of the region, literally skirting the sheer rock wall of the Sierra de Montsant which forms Priorat’s viticultural boundary. At over 2,400 feet, Pasanau’s “Finca La Planeta” dominates the regional landscape and experiences Priorat’s widest daily temperature variation. This helps to retain freshness in the concentrated, late-harvested grapes, resulting in a uniquely tight-knit, albeit typically powerful Priorat style.

Llicorella (decomposed slate) soils and a long, arid growing season, as elsewhere in Priorat, severely limit yields while packing the fruit with mineral extract and complexity. Finca La Planeta is a three-hectare clearing hewn from the rocky base of the cliffs in the early 1980s, with gravelly topsoils covering the underlying regional slate (llicorella). The soil and altitude prompted Ricard Pasanau to plant Cabernet Sauvignon, vines now well over 20 years old. As in the rest of Priorat, yields are minuscule, only 13,000 bottles per year produced from this site.

In 1995 a modern bodega was completed for a maximum production of 50,000 bottles. Grapes are picked in mid- to late-October and transported to the bodega in 40-pound boxes for a light crushing and destemming. The must flows by gravity to stainless steel tanks of 5,000 and 10,000-liter capacity for fermentation at a maximum of 26° Centigrade. The freerun wine is aged nearly one year in a mixture of new American and French oak types. Clarification is done through racking and light egg white fining prior to bottling in late Spring, always during a full moon.

Pasanau grows Garnacha, Merlot, Mazuelo and Syrah within the village of La Morera. A careful blend of Garnacha, Merlot, Cabernet and Syrah is used to produce La Morera de Montsant, the second wine of the estate. This wine is aged 12 months in second-year American and French oak to produce a poised, modern interpretation of the traditional Priorat style.