Our selection is one of those fairy tale stories that put a smile on your face and then, conveniently, in your glass. Three chefs and a sommelier pooled their resources to purchase a vineyard in Catalonia, 85 miles southwest of Barcelona. That was in 2003. They spent the next seven years building the winery and attracting more enthusiast and investors. So, as their goal became to make more great wine than more money, Clos Pissarra was born. The word translates to "slate" and refers to the rich earth on which the vines were planted by Carthusian Monks in the 12th Century. The monks had been banished from France and settled in Spain doing what they did best; plant vines.
Our blend here is 50% Grenache, the preeminent grape of Spain, 20% old vines Carignan, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah. There is more Cabernet Sauvignon planted in Catalonia than all of Spain's appellations combined. Besides being prolific, it also boasts the oldest Cabernet vines in the country. El Ramon refers to vineyard manager, Ramon Marco, whose passion and experience is unequaled. Yields on these very steep hillsides are among the lowest in the world with one acre producing just 60 cases of wine!
The result is a superb offering with cranberry, spice, earth and berries leading the way and then morphing into a total joy. It would be an absolute must with roast duck or pheasant.