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2017, Celler de Capçanes (CdC), Peraj Petita, Montsant, Spain (www.cellercapcanes.com)
About the Region: Located 140 km southwest of Barcelona, the village of Capçenes lies 30 km inland of the Mediterranean coastline. Here it forms the heart of the Region of Montsant, Catalan vineyard territory dating back centuries. After the Phylloxera louse devastated Montsant vineyards in 1912, the region’s vineyard count reduced from nearly 1,000 to merely five.
About the Winery: A bulk-wine producer post Phylloxera, CdC experienced an inflection point in 1994. A local Jewish delegation—impressed with Celler’s quality and potential—convinced its owners of the opportunities of the upscale Barcelona kosher wine market. After seguing into the local Jewish world, CdC became a leading supplier of premium kosher wines the world over. This inflection played a key role in Montsant gaining international notoriety; achieving prestigious Denominaciones de Origen (DO) status in 2001.
About Kosher: Refers to practices following Judaisim’s religious and dietary laws.
A Rabbi or person with full knowledge of Jewish protocols—acting under winemaker’s direction—conducts all winemaking activities. Production facilities must be exclusive to kosher winemaking. All materials must be kosher certified and have Rabbinical approval. Grape varietals must be vinified together. No post-fermentation blending is allowed.
About the Maker: In 1997, intrigued by the Spanish kosher-wine story, Jürgen Wagner—having graduated from Germany’s top oenological program in Geisenheim—brought his skills to CdC, rapidly ascending to head winemaker/export manager. A German national. Making kosher wine. In Spain!
About Terroir: Warm Mediterranean climate combines with soils of clay, granite and slate. Sixty-eight vineyard sites, on slopes and terraces between 180 and 450 metres.
About Sustainability: Sustainable farming practices meeting kosher, vegan and organic standards.
About the Blend: Low-yielding bush-vines of red grapes (some 50-years-old) Garnacha (55%,) Tempranillo (20%,) Merlot (15%,) and Samsó (Carignan) (10%.)
About the Wine: A pleasing light purple in-glass, aromas of firm black fruits—cherries and berries—excite the taste buds. The lighter-bodied palate presents Fuji apples with a hint of cloves, while the finish is clean and long.
About Pairing: Corned-beef brisket, liver blintzes, tuna casserole, chicken paprikash
About Availability: Check liquorconnect.com (call the listed store too) confirming availability.
About Alcohol Level: 14% (abv)
About Price: $26