This is the new vintage of the Spanish red wine previously known as 2 Pájaros.
Harvested in late September, the grapes were selected, destemmed and gently crushed. Then they fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tanks at a low temperature. After that, this red wine from Montsant was transferred into 500-litre French oak barrels, where it completed malolactic fermentation.
Finally, Els Pájaros 2016 was aged for 12 months in 300-litre French oak barrels. The last step was ageing the wine in tanks for 3 months to smoothen its edges.
Decant this Carignan from Montsant at least 1 hour before drinking. Production is extremely limited: only 1,800 bottles.
Drink over the next 8 years.
The red wine Els Pájaros has a nice, bright cherry colour with a garnet rim.
As is usually the case with the variety, this Samsó (better named Carignan) feels deep, enticing and terroir-oriented. Loads of aromatic herbs and rich mineral suggestions, with a lively note of liquorice, a spicy touch and juicy notes of cranberries, bitter cocoa and flowers. Though it opens rather tight, Els Pájaros becomes truly expressive when it starts to deliver.
Long, confident and smooth, this red wine from Capçanes has a substantial volume sustained by a solid, fat-free skeleton and a superb acidity. Focused and well-defined, the fruit is nuanced by some toasted notes and deep mineral nuances. Tannins promise a long life, and the ending is very persistent, with some earthy and toasted remembrances.
|Our personal opinion||
Elegant and complex, Els Pájaros 2016 will improve considerably in the bottle over the next 5 years. Pair it with hearty dishes.
2 Pájaros 2011:
Enterwine 93. Peñin 93. Parker 90.
|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||Bull meat, Civet, Cured cheeses, Game animals, Grilled red meats, Red meat with gravy, Roasted foods, Roasted lamb, Roasted red meats, Stews|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Tasty with barrel notes, Very intense and inky|
|Occasion||A special occasion, Because you deserve it, Business dinner, To bring to an engagement|
This red wine provides a depth and edge which to my mind only old Carignans convey. Invigorating!!