“Charming… flavorful… huggable… equally ideal for a warm summer evening as a cold winter night” are just a few of our tasting panel’s comments on Costers del Sió’s 2017 Celistia Tierra. A delicious red blend from the heart of Catalonia’s Costers del Segre, Tierra’s vibrant purple and ruby robe sets the stage for a delightful interlude from the same old, same old. An inviting bouquet of fresh raspberry and plum along with hints of forest berries greets the nose. In the mouth, Tierra’s charming, huggable berry flavors re-emerge and mingle with succulent earth tones and faint traces of sassafras. The latter partners with Tierra’s smooth, ripe tannins to provide just enough lift to remind us that Costers del Sió’s 2017 Tierra is hardly child’s play. In true Catalan fashion, there is a refreshing degree of seny in this wine: equal parts body and style all adding up to a high degree of quality and drinkability. For optimal enjoyment, afford the 2017 Costers del Sió Celistia Tierra at least 20-30 minutes of aeration before enjoying at cool room temperature (58°-62° F). Salud!
The 2017 Costers del Sió Celistia Tierra charms from start to finish. It makes a superb partner to pasta, meat, and grilled vegetables. It is equally at home with a charcoal broiled filet as it is with barbecued spare ribs. For more adventuresome gourmands, consider pairing the 2017 Celistia Tierra with spicy Korean Beef. A traditional antipasti consisting of capicola, pepperoni, prosciutto, salami, and hard Provolone cheese provides another hearty companion to this wine. Wood roasted barbecue chicken with smoked Gouda, red onion, and cilantro offers another partner with which to enjoy this wine’s savory flavors. The 2017 Celistia Tierra provides a great companion to Buffalo wings, pizzas, stews, and tapas, too. Spanish cheeses, such as Manchego, Mahón, and Zamarano, pair superbly as well and require little or no preparation. Buon Provecho!
“The love we feel for this land is what inspires us to look after our vineyards like precious jewels, and they, in return, give us their best fruit in the form of wine.” - Juan and José Maria, Costers del Sió
Nestled amid the mountains of Spain’s Catalonia region, Costers del Sió fashions Celistia, exciting white and red wines from organic grapes grown on the family’s Finca de Flix estate. Begun in 1992 when Juan de Porcioles took a leap of faith to fulfill his life’s dream to cultivate his own land, raise his own livestock, and live in the heart of his beloved Catalonia, the Porcioles family were pioneers with a true sense of Catalan seny, the enviable ability to exercise good sense and get things done well.
With the help of his family and friends, Juan de Porcioles, a great wine lover, planted his first vineyard, Vinya Vella, by hand. The planting of the estate’s vineyard began the revival of winegrowing in the region. Juan gradually expanded the cultivation of the vine on this impressive property, a place of quietness and tranquility, which includes olive trees, the cultivation of grains, sheep and cattle raising, and a game preserve. All of these varying elements form a comprehensive project designed to achieve a perfect ecological balance. Today, Juan’s dream is being carried on by his wife and children. Costers del Sió produces wines with a distinct personality and of the highest quality.
A wide range of varieties are grown at Costers del Sió: Tempranillo, Garnacha Tinta, Syrah, Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier, and more all make their appearance at this growing estate. Costers del Sió’s Celistia Fuego, an exciting blend of Viognier and Macabeo, and Tierra, a delightful mélange of Tempranillo and Syrah, are two of the property’s most prominent wines and exceptional values. Costers del Sió is also experimenting with new varieties and clones that will produce future wines. With a new comprehensive wine cellar and barrel ageing program, an excellent sparkling cava, too, is soon due from this superb young winery.
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