Monday, April 20, 2009

Pares Baltà, Mas de Carol 2006, Penedès

The Denominacion de origen Penedés was funded in 1960. Penedés is in the north of spain, more exact from the Montsarret mountains to the Mediterranien sea, the DO is in total 1.557 km2. There are 165 bodegas in the area, and 27.730 ha. of vinyards.

Winery: Pares Baltá

Vintage: 2006

Appellation: D.O Penedes

Varietal: 100% Chardonnay, 32 years old plants

Ageing: 5 month in French oak, all 5 month with the lees, battonages in done very often

Average Price: 35 € in restaurants

Tasting notes: Delicate nuances of yellow grass. In the glass it is brilliant and clear. A complex intensity on the nose with soft notes of cream and vanilla, integrated with the subtle aroma of jam of exotic fruits. Some mineral notes stand out which increases its complex range of aromas. In the mouth it has a good volume and structure, and a balanced finish.
Evolution: As it is an aged white wine, it will obtain its best level one year after it was bottled and then maintain its qualities during four to five more years.

General rating: 4 tastevins.

Food Pairing Suggestions: Roasted Scallops with fresh white asparagus and a sauce Hollandaise. The vanilla and exsotic fruit taste from the wine, will combine very well with the acid from the asparagus and the fatness from the sauce.

Winery Notes: Pares Balta was started in 1790, or this was the year where the first wine plants were planted. In 1978 the bodega was bought by Joan Cusinè Hill. Joan Cusinè Cusinè son of Joan Cusinè Hill took over after his dad and today there is 2 generations running the bodega, today the 2 grandsons Joan and Josep Cusinè Carol has brought a more modern aspect to the bodega and also to the Penedes area.

Vintage Notes: 2006: After a normal autumn and winter concerning rain and temperatures, the sping was extremly dry, this only made the plants stronger and better. The summer was as always very hot as usual. The result of a very hot year was that the fruits maturation was slightly advanced.

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