Adrian’s wine of the week. 8/29/18

Can Blau –
Blau Montsant 2014
Regular Price: $13.99
Sale Price: $10.99

For this week’s wine of the week, I made it a point to grab a bottle that would go really well with steak cooked over a real fire as I’m up in the mountains fly fishing.  While I would have loved a full blown Spanish Priorat, I wanted something with that style but less expensive.  Well, it turns out that the Priorat in northeastern Spain is surrounded on three sides by Montsant, with similar grapes and soils but with less pedigree.  Cellars Can Blau makes the entry tiered ‘Blau’ from 35 year old vines grown on the slate soils that are typical of the area.  It is also a blend of the typical varietals of the region:  Mazuela (Carignan), Syrah and Garnacha, that combine to create this rich and complex wine.  Lots of black and blue fruits, including dark cherry, plum, and blueberry in a jammy way.  Hints of violets and minerality round out and balance the fruit while some tannin lends structure to this wine.  While robust, the ‘Blau’ does offer some elegance and yes, it was great with steak!  Cheers!

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