Celler Pasanau Priorat Ceps Nous 2003
"Dark red. Superripe aromas of dark berries, smoked meat, licorice, graphite, rose oil and nutty oak. Sweet, lush and pliant, with seamless flavors of currant and dark cherry. Quite approachable, even a bit evolved in the style of the year, but without being oxidative. Finishes minerally and impressively long, with lush tannins."
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 Montscant, which forms the Priorat's viticulture boundary to its north and west.
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. The long, arid growing season, as elsewhere in Priorat, severely limits yields while packing the fruit with mineral extract and complexity.