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.

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