Costers del Priorat Pissarres 2021

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Costers del Priorat Pissarres 2021

Pissarres is Costers del Priorat’s flagship wine, encompassing both the cool-rugged center of Priorat and the region’s warmer south. The name Pissarres is derived from “pizarra,” which is “slate” in Spanish. The wine is a blend of organically-farmed grapes from Mas Alsera in Torroja del Priorat (500m) and Sant Martí in Bellmunt (350m). Pissarres is a blend of 65% samsó (carignan) and 35% garnacha from vineyards planted from 1934 and 1939 on red llicorella (decomposed slate), using the traditional bush vine pruning technique and hand-harvesting. Pissarres is the definition of cool, focused Mediterranean elegance. All Costers del Priorat wines are terroir-forward and made with low intervention and minimal sulfur at bottling. Winemaker Jose Mas achieves elegance, freshness, and precision in his wines by allowing the vineyards to guide their evolution without ever forcing their trajectory. 

Vinification – After a manual harvest, the wine spontaneously ferments with indigenous yeasts in 3,000 and 5,000L stainless steel tanks with a small part in cement vats. The different varieties in the blend are vinified separately to allow each to express itself fully. Aging occurs for 12 months in French oak barrels of 225 and 500L. Part of the barrels are new, and some are two years old. The malolactic fermentation occurs spontaneously within the barrels.

  • Site: Sant Martí and Mas Alsera at 240m to 600m

  • Grapes: 65% Samsó / 35% Garnacha

  • Vine Age: Vines planted from 1934 to 2004

  • Soil: Llicorella

  • Vinification: Spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts in cement vats

  • Aging: 12 months in new and 2-year-old, 225L and 500L French oak barrels

  • Farming: Practicing Organic

  • Vegan: Yes

  • Suggested Retail: $37.00 (750mL)