Cellar Pasanau El Vell Coster Priorat 2006
Cabernet Sauvignon from Priorat, Spain
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
"The Old Slope." Produced from a steep southfacing slope llicorella (decomposed slate) planted in the 1940s exclusively to the Mazuelo variety. Fermentation takes place in French oak roll fermenters, followed by malolactic and aging in new French oak barriques. 2006 vintage has been blended with 6% old vine Garnacha and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon from Finca la Planeta. 100 cases made.
"The 2006 El Vell Coster is 100% Carinena aged for 18 months in 400-liter French oak. It offers up an alluring bouquet of pain grille, lavender, cinnamon, liquid mineral, incense, and blueberry. Layered and nearly opulent on the palate, it conceals enough ripe tannin for another 5-7 years of evolution. This succulent, sexy effort has a 60-second finish. Its drinking window will extend from 2015 to 2030.
The Wine Advocate
"Glass-staining ruby. Intensely perfumed, seductive bouquet of dark berries, minerals and fresh flowers, with cracked pepper and smoky Indian spices adding complexity. Sweet cherry and blackcurrant flavors are given a nervy quality by suave minerality and gain depth with aeration. Supple, juicy and precise on the finish, with lingering notes of sweet red and dark berry skin. Lovely stuff, with the balance to reward aging."
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