September 15-21, 2014
2013 Capçanes Peraj Petita Rosat Montsant
The vineyards of Montsant extend along the mountainsides of Serra de Montsant among olive groves, forests and rocky outcrops and almost completely surround the more famous Priorat. Many of the top wines from Montsant can rival those of their more renowned neighbor. But DO Montsant has the distinction of being the only region in Catalunya (and one of only a handful in Spain) where Kosher wine is produced.
Hidden away in the Priorato hills inland from Tarragona, the best known and most highly regarded producer of kosher wines in Montsant is Celler de Capçanes. The small village of Capçanes has a long wine growing history. But it wasn’t until the mid 1990s that this village cooperative, urged on by the Jewish community in Barcelona, began production of their line of kosher wines.
Capçanes Peraj Petita Rosat is not just kosher, it’s also a quality rosé. From the terraced vineyards of clay and granite soils grow the old Garnatxa vines (25-50 years old) that make up 60% of the blend. The rest is close to equal parts Tempranillo, Syrah, and Merlot planted at 1700 feet of elevation for a more balanced ripeness. The wine is then aged for 4 months in stainless steel tanks before bottling.
The result is a wine near bursting with brambly fruit and a juicy fresh acidity. You don’t have to be Jewish to say farewell to summer with this poundable rosé.