Celler Pasanau

Finca La Planeta Priorat – 2015

Region: Spain - Cataluña

Celler Pasanau

For centuries, the Pasanau family has cultivated vineyards in the Priorat. The vineyards are located in the highest municipality of the region, skirting the sheer rock wall of the Sierra de Montsant which forms Priorat’s viticultural boundary. Gravelly scree eroded from the cliffs covers the underlying llicorella slate and together with the elevation creates a less Mediterranean microclimate relative to the region as a whole.

At over 743 m (2,400 feet) above sea level, Pasanau’s “Finca La Planeta” dominates the regional landscape and experiences Priorat’s widest daily temperature variation. This helps to retain freshness in the grapes, resulting in a uniquely tight knit, albeit typically powerful Priorat style. At the end of the 19th century, phylloxera devastated all of the vineyards. They were replanted post phylloxera by Grandfather Joan Pasanau. In the 80’s Joans Grandson Ricard took over. Since his death in 2020, his nephew, Jordi Pasanau has been at the forefront carrying on his family’s legacy.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Estate vineyards at the base of the Serra de Montsant rock precipice, near La Morera de Montsant, the highest vineyards in D.O.Q. Priorat.

  • Cabernet Sauvignon:
    • Altitude: 730 meters
    • Area: 2.75 Ha
    • Planted: 1985
    • Vine Training System: Espalier
  • Grenache:
    •  Altitude: 730 meters
    • Vines Planted: 1940s
    • Vine Training Systems: Espalier, converted from Goblet
  • Soils: Gravelly scree eroded from cliffs, coverering llicorella slate
  • Vineyard Management: Short pruning, green pruning, spur thinning to limit production
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested into small crates, Grenache in late September, Cabernet in mid-October
  • Varieties vinified separately through intial fermentation
  • Fermented in stainless steel tanks for 28 days at 25 – 28º C
  • Wines blended followed by malolactic fermentation
  • Aged 30 months in 100% new, 300 liter French oak barrels
Winemaker's Notes

Cherry red with ruby glints. Complex bouquet of red berries, roses and pipe tobacco together with tomato leaf notes. Juicy, intense and concentrated palate of blackberries and sour cherries. Rich, smoky mineral notes develop with underlying sweetness and chewy tannins. The lengthy finish combines spices (nutmeg, clove), cedar, cocoa, leather and eucalyptus leaf with elegant bitterness at the end.

Wine Summary

80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Grenache; alcohol: 15.5%; highest vineyards in D.O.Q Priorat at base of Serra de Montsant, 730 meters; gravelly scree soils that cover llicorella slate; vineyards carefully managed to limit yields; hand harvested; varieties vinified separately through first fermentation in stainless steel tanks for 28 days at 25 – 28º C; blended before malolactic fermentation; aged 30 months in 100% new, 300L French oak barrels.

Technical Information
  • 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Grenache
  • Alcohol: 15.5%

Reviews

90 Points

Plush and heady, this bold red shows cassis, raspberry preserves and mountain herb flavors backed by espresso and loamy earth. Firm tannins are well-integrated, and racy acidity keeps this lively. Cabernet Sauvignon and Garnacha. Drink now through 2027.

Wine Spectator, April, 2021

91 Points

This midnight purple colored offering from Priorat opens with a port like bouquet featuring fig, rum and black cherries with hints of new leather. On the palate, this wine is full bodied with plus acidity. It is also an unreconciled mix of dry tannins and juicy fruits. Those fruits are a mild blackberry and fig blend with notes of banana and red plum. We also detected some crushed stone, oak, black olive, prune and expresso mixed in. The finish is quite dry and its very big grippy tannins build-up and stick around for a very long time. This wine needs decanting and a well-marbled ribeye steak.

Ken's Wine Guide, October, 2020

General Info

COUNTRY Spain
REGION Cataluña
APPELLATION D.O.C. Priorat
PROPRIETORS The Pasanau Family
WINEMAKER Sandra Doix
ANNUAL PRODUCTION 2,916 9L cases
FARMING (SUSTAINABLE, ORGANIC, BIODYNAMIC) Sustainably farmed, organic vineyards using minimal intervention winemaking techniques