Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Clos Pissarra 2015 “Arrels” Garnacha, Montsant

An arresting red from Spain.

A Montsant Gem

Montsant is a Spanish wine region adjacent to the highly acclaimed Priorat wine region. It’s also an ideal location to grab high-quality wines at value prices.

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Case in point: the Clos Pissarra 2015 “Arrels” Garnacha. Clos Pissarra is owned and operated by a group of wine and restaurant industry veterans. The winery takes its name from the slate-rich soil of Priorat.

The vineyard itself straddles both Montsant and Priorat and so neither region is listed on the bottle. Its wines are produced with proprietary names.

Arrels is derived from the Catalan word meaning to put down roots. Indeed, this region is part of Catalan, with its own language that’s distinct from Spanish. According to the bottle, the composition is “garnatxa.” That’s the same as Garnacha or Grenache.

Limited Production

I’ve purchased two bottles from Clos Pissarra, and each has been delightful. This bottle is loaded with character that grabs you from the onset.

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On the nose, there is a healthy dollop of earth and cedar. In the glass, it is dark garnet in color.

Spice and plum flow freely along with some nice jammy notes. As we sipped there were nice nuances of leather and tea. The body is medium and the texture is nice and velvety. This is a great choice when you are in the mood for a red and seek something intriguing, but don’t want a heavy Cabernet Sauvignon.

This is a limited production of 459 cases and I paid $20 for it, although I failed to indicate where I picked it up. For some reason, I was wondering about the condition of the wine, but my fears were unfounded. It tasted great (and for a couple nights after), although the bottom of the bottle had a large amount of sediment.

This is a perfect bottle to enjoy some Spanish flair! It’s a bold red in an approachable style.

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