During the past decade, the Pasanau family and their beloved Priorat have achieved international fame. Priorat is currently Spain’s most glamorous wine producing region, fashioning more than mere hand full of sensational wines. And at the forefront of Priorat’s viticultural renaissance is the Pasanau family.
Pasanau commands the high ground in Priorat, literally and figuratively. At over 2, 400 feet, Pasanau’s Finca La Planeta, which is devoted entirely to Cabernet Sauvignon, dominates Priorat’s arid, landscape. Planted on gravely scree and slate, this 12.5-acre vineyard yields, perhaps, the most intense of all Priorat wines. In addition to Finca La Planeta, the Pasanau estate includes equally impressive parcels of ancient, ungrafted Garnacha and Mazuelo vines, which are crafted into La Morera – a more traditional Priorat style of wine than Finca La Planeta. More recently, Pasanau has released Ceps Nous, a delicious light red Priorat, comprised primarily of the estate’s traditional Garnacha (Grenache) and Mazuelo, along with a healthy dollop Merlot and Syrah from young vines. Small amounts of excellent Viognier are also crafted at this great property.
Working out of a small modern bodega that was completed in 1995, Pasanau fashions three of Spain’s most compelling wines. Here, grapes are routinely picked quite late, often not until late October, in order to extract the greatest intensity from each low yielding vine. All tanks are gravity fed and racking and fining are done only during a full moon, using all natural ingredients, which says a little something about this estate’s commitment to excellence as well as tradition.