In a nutshell: A rich, round and expressive Spanish red blend from the Penedès region of Catalonia
The lowdown: Under the guidance of current owner Gerard Jané this excellent winery near the Catalonian coast between Barcelona and Tarragona has been making some excellent wines and have long been at the forefront of modern winemaking in the region. This, their delicious red blend is made from Syrah and Tempranillo grown on the richer soils of their inland vineyards while the other varieties are grown on sandy, coastal terrain. After fermentation the wine is aged in French oak for 8 months prior to bottling. The resulting wine is full of red berry and bramble aromas along with some spicy and dusty, herby notes. It's rich and intense with flavours of black fruits, cassis, black pepper and vanilla. There's a good layer of grippy tannins, firm structure and a long, fresh finish. A very well made wine.
When to drink: With its character and personality this is just made for the barbecue, or big rich stews.
This family run Catalonian winery in the Penedès wine region which is run by Gerard Jané. The company can trace its roots back to 1914 when it was when Gerard's great grandfather Josep began selling wine on a local basis in 1914. His son Albert established their first wine cellar in 1930, but it wasn't until Benjamin, Gerard's father, began bottling their wines in the mid-1980s that they stepped into the world of quality winemaking.