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Wine of the Week – 10 March 2020
Costers del Priorat 2016 Blanc de Pissarres
White Priorat – Spain
$31.99 – Club Card Price $24.99
In the north east of Spain, Priorat is the place to be for dramatic vineyards. Do yourself a favor and look online for pictures of “llicorella,” the “soil” that makes up the vineyards in Priorat, fractured and shattered slate of various colors.
The result of inhospitable vineyard soil is vines that have to work, and vines that have to work make for compelling wine.
Costers del Priorat was founded in 1934 from one small vineyard, which has since become 25 hectares covering four villages in the Priorat region. And while many Priorat, both reds and whites, suffer from excess alcohol and lack of finesse Costers del Priorat bucks that trend.
The grapes are fermented with indigenous yeast, and then the wine is aged in a mix of cement, amphora, barrels big and small, but all old. This blend of Garnacha Blanca, Macabeu, and Pedro Ximenez has exotic, ripe fruit flavors with enough acid to balance the richness.
-Joe Buchter, Import Wine Buyer