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Celler Pasanau

Pasanau Los Torrents 2014

Price: $35.00 (average US retail)
Size: 750ml
Winery: Celler Pasanau
Vintage Year: 2014
Country: Spain
Region: Cataluña


From two adjacent parcels over 500 meters in elevation on exposed slate (llicorella). The Torrents (drainage streams) from a south facing slope planted to Cariñena and north facing to Garnacha, combine with a small percentage of Cabernet for powerful effect. Ripe aromas of raspberry liquor, and cranberry mingle with baking spice, sage and dusty minerality. Vibrantly fresh on palate with moderate tannin grip pull flavors over a long finish.

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Pasanau Los Torrents (2014) - "Lurid ruby-red. Lively spice- and mineral-tinged redcurrant and cherry aromas show good clarity and building florality. Taut, nervy and focused on the palate, which displays intense red fruit, exotic spice, and lavender pastille flavors accompanied by bracing white pepper and mineral flourishes. Deepens with air while maintaining its vivacity and focus and finishes gently sweet and very long, with subtle tannins and persistent spiciness."

92 Points
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Apr 25, 2019

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Pasanau Los Torrents (2014) - "Ripe, inviting aromas of black cherry and cassis rank as precise. In the mouth, this is racy to the point of being wiry, with abundant intensity. Live-wire plum and berry flavors are the definition of high energy, while spice and complexities are trying to settle on a still-young finish."

91 Points, Cellar Selection
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, Jul 1, 2018

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Pasanau Los Torrents (2012) - "This ripe rich blend of 50% Garnacha and 50% Carignan (Mazuelo) smells schisty, woody and earthy, with ample berry fruit. While this is stacked on the palate, it's also well balanced. Ripe black-fruit flavors show notes of buttery oak and chocolate, while this finishes toasty, warm and full of lush black-fruit flavors. Drink through 2024."

93 Points (Cellar Selection)
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, Jun 1, 2017

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Pasanau Los Torrents (2012) - "Spicy notes of cinnamon, cardamom and vanilla frame black cherry and plum flavors in this generous red. Firm tannins are balanced by balsamic acidity. Licorice and cola details emerge on the finish, accented by a touch of heat. Drink now through 2022."

91 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, May 31, 2017

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Overview: The Pasanaus are perennial growers in La Morera, the highest municipality of Priorat, with vineyards at over 2,400 feet elevation abutting the sheer rock wall of the Sierra de Montsant. Gravelly scree eroded from the cliffs covers the underlying llicorella slate, together with the elevation creating a less Mediterranean microclimate relative to the region as a whole.

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History: 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 also grows Garnacha, Merlot, Mazuelo and Syrah within the village of La Morera. 10% Garnacha is used to soften the Cabernet in Finca La Planeta. Ceps Nous, offering great value from Pasanau's youngest vines, was introduced in 2002.

As the most concentrated and least Mediterranean in style of all Priorat wines, Pasanau offers a unique perspective on this spectacular and ancient wine district.

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