This the new vintage - the 11th one already - of a most unconventional Spanish red wine, a varietal Pinot Noir made from grapes coming from a single plot planted in the year 2002 in Montsant. Located at an altitude of 500 metres above sea level, the soils are composed mainly of clay and the yields are extremely low.
Produce by Celler de Capçanes, Pinot Noir de Capçanes was harvested by hand at the beginning of September. After a meticulous selection process on site and in the cellar, the grapes were macerated and fermented in stainless steel tanks using indigenous yeasts.
After that, this red wine from Montsant underwent malolactic fermentation in 300-litre French oak barrels. Finally, it was aged for 12 months in the barrels, clarified with egg whites, and bottled unfiltered.
Since Pinot Noir is not recognized as an authorized grape by the DO Montsant, this Crianza red wine bears the label DO Catalunya.
Decant 11/X Pinot Noir de Capçanes 2016 1 hour before drinking.
Drink until 2025.
A very rare wine indeed. Only 800 bottles produced.
The red wine Pinot Noir de Capçanes has a bright cherry colour with some garnet tinges.
An unexpected mixture of sheer Pinot Noir sophistication and Mediterranean liveliness. Juicy red fruid and black cherry fruit preserve, nuanced by aromas of tobacco, vanilla, balsam, blue flowers and toast. On the background, rich suggestions of underbrush, mineral and dry earth.
This varietal red wine by Celler de Capçanes is joyful, smooth and intense. This Mediterranean Pinot Noir contrasts starkly with the Pinots from Burgundy or New Zealand, which usually have a much more restrained and autumnal character. Here we find very pure notions of fruit, some deep mineral and earthy intimations and a dash of garrigue and Mediterranean aromatic herbs. Good acidity, well-rounded tannins and long finish.
|Our personal opinion||
Something of an oddity, but a very good wine in its own right, 11/X Pinot Noir de Capçanes 2016 pairs wonderfully with meat, and also with oily fishes.
9/X Pinot Noir de Capçanes 2014:
Enterwine 93. Peñín 91. Guía ABC 93.
8/X Pinot Noir de Capçanes 2013:
Enterwine 92. Peñín 91. Guía ABC 92.
7/X Pinot Noir de Capçanes 2012:
Aged for 11 months in French oak barrels. Peñín 91. Enterwine 92. Guia de Vins de Catalunya - 9.08/10 (blind tasting).
6/X Pinot Noir de Capçanes 2011:
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||One hour before serving|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||No|
|Is this product free of sulfites?||No|
|Type of ageing||Months in French oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||12|
|Name of Award||No|
|Percentage of variety||No|
|Pairings||Birds, bluefish, Cold meats, Cured duck breast, Duck, Goat cheese, Grilled red meats, Grilled vegitables, Grilled whitefish, Mushrooms, Pasta with red sauce and meat, Paté, Poultry, Red meat with gravy, Risotto, Roasted foods, Roasted red meats, Roasted turkey, Roasted white meats, Stews, Vegetables, White meat with gravy|
|Taste||Lively and Fresh, Silky and intense, Tasty with barrel notes|
|Occasion||Business dinner, Dinner with friends, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement|