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SommSelect: Arrels de Clos Pissarra, Sangre de Garnatxa (Grenache), Montsant Catalunya, Spain 2010 - SommSelect

$23

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Arrels de Clos Pissarra, Sangre de Garnatxa (Grenache), Montsant Catalunya, Spain 2010


This unctuous red wine is a labor of love from Master Sommelier, Emmanuel Kemiji, who returned to his Spanish roots to craft a profound expression of Grenache. Emmanuel is a UC Davis graduate who also passed the difficult Master Sommelier Exam on his first try. After years of success stateside in the California restaurant scene and with his Miura Vineyards, Emmanuel returned to the Spain of his youth with his new wine project focused on the terroirs of Priorat and Montsant. It is easy to say his efforts have been nothing short of spectacular. When we recently tasted his entire lineup of Spanish wines, we were blown away by this mesmerizing expression of Grenache and were further astounded by the modest price of this particular bottling. Derived from the lesser-known appellation of Montsant, bordering Priorat, the 2010 Arrels has a perfect amount of age and drinks like an elegant Châteauneuf-du-Pape with a Spanish accent. If you love rich, balanced reds, this wine will delight you for half the price of its peers.


Born in the United States, Emmanuel Kemiji grew up in Madrid and England. At UC Davis’ Viticulture and Enology program, he found his truly calling for wine, which had been bubbling under the surface since the first vertical tasting of Rioja he had with his Spanish, wine aficionado uncle. He passed the Master Sommelier exam in London on his first try, an incredible rarity, and was one of the early Americans to do so. His celebrated Miura Vineyards in California was founded in 1995 and in 2003, he returned to Spain to start Arrels in Montsant and Clos Pissarra in Priorat. Arrels is Catalan for, “roots of a vine, to settle, to put down roots,” and the name is beautifully symbolic for Emmanuel’s return to his Spanish roots and early love of the country’s wine. Along with his partners, chefs Gerald Hirigoyen (Piperade & Bocadillos), Laurent Manrique (Millesime & Café de la Presse) and Sylvain Portay (Alain Ducasse), Emmanuel Kemiji has crafted a wine that exemplifies the best of what Montsant has to offer at a price point we can all enjoy.
 
Known in Catalan as Garnatxa, this stunning Grenache derives from Montsant, which surrounds the more famous Priorat region in the shape of a horseshoe. Roughly 85 miles southwest of Barcelona, this stretch of northern Spain has become one of the most exciting wine regions in Europe. Only garnering DO status from the Spanish government in 2000, the appellation has more than doubled in its number of wineries and is demanding that the world takes notice. The windswept vineyards of Montsant, overlooking the Mediterranean in the far distance, have been coined as “poor man’s Priorat,” but this incredible expression more than belies that understated descriptor. Although Montsant shares the inimitable soft black slate “licorella” soils with Priorat, the composition also contains a sufficient percentage of clay, which results in a wine more approachable in its youth with a minerality that is wholly unique to the region. Yields in their six-acre vineyard are kept severely low, resulting in ample concentration and a true voice of terroir. 
 
This wine displays a dark crimson core with hints of orange on the rim, indicating just a touch of age. The fruit-forward yet enchantingly perfumed nose offers aromas of slightly dried blackberry, cassis, and black plum laced with white pepper, crushed black rocks, a hint of black mushroom, anise, and nuanced exotic spices. Medium-plus in body, the palate delivers ample density and a sweetness of red and black fruits that unfolds to reveal wet herbs, delicate white pepper and a slight spiciness to the soil, concluding with a lingering finish of beautiful, exotic spices. In a blind tasting, this generous beauty could easily be confused for a pure Grenache from Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The northern pocket of Catalan, Spain produces a bounty of fruit that is dried each year then used in their inspired cuisine throughout the seasons. For a taste of Northern Spain, serve this wine alongside Catalan Pork Shoulder with dried fruit and prepare yourself for pure gastronomic joy.
Born in the United States, Emmanuel Kemiji grew up in Madrid and England. At UC Davis’ Viticulture and Enology program, he found his truly calling for wine, which had been bubbling under the surface since the first vertical tasting of Rioja he had with his Spanish, wine aficionado uncle. He passed the Master Sommelier exam in London on his first try, an incredible rarity, and was one of the early Americans to do so. His celebrated Miura Vineyards in California was founded in 1995 and in 2003, he returned to Spain to start Arrels in Montsant and Clos Pissarra in Priorat. Arrels is Catalan for, “roots of a vine, to settle, to put down roots,” and the name is beautifully symbolic for Emmanuel’s return to his Spanish roots and early love of the country’s wine. Along with his partners, chefs Gerald Hirigoyen (Piperade & Bocadillos), Laurent Manrique (Millesime & Café de la Presse) and Sylvain Portay (Alain Ducasse), Emmanuel Kemiji has crafted a wine that exemplifies the best of what Montsant has to offer at a price point we can all enjoy.
 
Known in Catalan as Garnatxa, this stunning Grenache derives from Montsant, which surrounds the more famous Priorat region in the shape of a horseshoe. Roughly 85 miles southwest of Barcelona, this stretch of northern Spain has become one of the most exciting wine regions in Europe. Only garnering DO status from the Spanish government in 2000, the appellation has more than doubled in its number of wineries and is demanding that the world takes notice. The windswept vineyards of Montsant, overlooking the Mediterranean in the far distance, have been coined as “poor man’s Priorat,” but this incredible expression more than belies that understated descriptor. Although Montsant shares the inimitable soft black slate “licorella” soils with Priorat, the composition also contains a sufficient percentage of clay, which results in a wine more approachable in its youth with a minerality that is wholly unique to the region. Yields in their six-acre vineyard are kept severely low, resulting in ample concentration and a true voice of terroir. 
 
This wine displays a dark crimson core with hints of orange on the rim, indicating just a touch of age. The fruit-forward yet enchantingly perfumed nose offers aromas of slightly dried blackberry, cassis, and black plum laced with white pepper, crushed black rocks, a hint of black mushroom, anise, and nuanced exotic spices. Medium-plus in body, the palate delivers ample density and a sweetness of red and black fruits that unfolds to reveal wet herbs, delicate white pepper and a slight spiciness to the soil, concluding with a lingering finish of beautiful, exotic spices. In a blind tasting, this generous beauty could easily be confused for a pure Grenache from Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The northern pocket of Catalan, Spain produces a bounty of fruit that is dried each year then used in their inspired cuisine throughout the seasons. For a taste of Northern Spain, serve this wine alongside Catalan Pork Shoulder with dried fruit and prepare yourself for pure gastronomic joy.





Country Spain
Region Catalunya
Sub-Region Montsant
Varietal Grenache (Garnatxa)
Production n/a
Alcohol 14%
Oak Neutral French
Soil Slate and Clay
Farming Sustainable
TASTING PROFILE

Fruit

Earth

Body

Tannin

Acid

Alcohol
TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Country Spain
Region Catalunya
Sub-Region Montsant
Varietal Grenache (Garnatxa)
Production n/a
Alcohol 14%
Oak Neutral French
Soil Slate and Clay
Farming Sustainable
SommSelect: Arrels de Clos Pissarra, Sangre de Garnatxa (Grenache), Montsant Catalunya, Spain 2010 - SommSelect SommSelect: Arrels de Clos Pissarra, Sangre de Garnatxa (Grenache), Montsant Catalunya, Spain 2010 - SommSelect

$23

Buy 6 and we‘ll include shipping.*

“Master Sommelier Emmanuel Kemiji’s 2010 Arrels Grenache drinks like a top Châteauneuf-du-Pape with a Spanish accent.”

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