2004 Castell del Remei "1780" Costers del Segre (Elsewhere $50)

SKU #1071600

A blend of 60% cabernet sauvignon, tempranillo and garnacha from the warm, dry, rugged Catalan region of Costers del Segre, this wine is really singing right now. Intense blue fruited aromas show a decidedly brambly quality. More of the same intense, pure fruit on the palate, with amazing concentration, length and purity. Oak is well integrated at this point. It reminds me a tiny bit of Ridge Montebello. OK, maybe it's not quite that serious, but the taste of the fruit is (to me) similar. For $20 this is just delicious and a no brainer for you cab fans out there. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/27/2011 | Send Email
Costers del Segre is an appellation very close in both proximity and wine-making style to the French border. A few years in bottle has done nothing but good for the "1780", rounding out the tannins from the cabernet and allowing the tempranillo and garnacha to shine through. Elements of black currant, black cherry, tobacco and lead pencil emerge in this supple textured and sure to be longer lived wine. This is truly a $50 wine competing with the style and polish of Napa cabernet and a higher level Pauillac (the Pontet Canet of Spain?). Where this wine brings it home though is in the finish. Spain comes through in spades with a lovely hint of grilled meat and spice box. This wine sings a French song but the rhythm is entirely Spanish.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.