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Penya Cotes Catalanes Rouge 2017, Roussillon

 

$11.19 btl. | $59.25 ½ case ($9.88) reg. $19.99
 

91-92 points, Jeb Dunnuck

 
I’m always exhorting people to follow the importer, follow the winemaker. Explore something you like to its roots and find out where else it takes you. It will lead to a lifetime of discovery and enjoyment. Case in point today is Dan Kravitz of Hand Picked Selections. Hand Picked Selections is a national importer of wines from France, Spain, Italy and Argentina.  Dan started the company with a focus on the red wines of Bordeaux, but quickly recognized the untapped potential for quality in Southern France. HPS went on to build a pioneering stable of benchmark growers from the Southern Rhône Valley, Provence, Roussillon and Languedoc, and over time, gained a reputation for its incredible values —superlative wines loaded with character and personality—that often tasted like they could easily cost two or three times their actual price. Today we focus on the incredible value from Penya in the Roussillon.

Importer Notes:

Cases de Pene is a tiny village in the Roussillon region of Southern France, just 30 miles north of the Spain. Ceded to France in the mid-17th century, the area is still known as “French Catalonia”. We celebrate this heritage with the Catalan spelling of the ancient Château and village Cooperative: “Penya”.

This medium-bodied blend is packed with flavor, offering aromas of plums & cherries with smoky notes. The palate yields red and black fruits, spices, a hint of bacon, and silky tannins.

Enjoy with a variety of everyday foods including pizza, pasta and burgers, as well as Mediterranean classics like ratatouille, cassoulet and stuffed tomatoes. It is also excellent with fish!

91-92 points, Jeb Dunnuck:

“Importer Dan Kravitz commented that the blend of the 2017 Côtes Catalanes was his favorite to date, and he's been doing this cuvée since 1991. Made from 45% Grenache 33% Carignan 11% Syrah and 11% Mourvèdre, it has a beautifully pure bouquet of cassis, ground pepper, violets, and spice. Juicy, medium to full-bodied, rounded, and textured on the palate, it's going to be another terrific vintage for this wine, as well as a smoking value.”
 

Penya Cotes Catalanes Rouge 2017, Roussillon
 

$11.19 btl. | $59.25 ½ case ($9.88) reg. $19.99

 
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