CAN BLAU MONTSANT, SPAIN. 40% Mazuelo (Carignan), 40% Syrah and 20% Garnacha.
91 points Vinous Media: "(fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged for a year in new and used French oak barrels) Opaque ruby. Ripe black and blue fruit scents carry smoky mineral and licorice nuances and a subtle touch of violet. Sappy and seamless in texture, offering sweet boysenberry and floral pastille flavors and a jolt of enlivening spiciness. Finishes silky, energetic and quite long, with lingering florality and sneaky tannic grip." (01/2017)
About: Can Blau is composed of 60 acres of vineyards with an average age of 35 years. The soils are similar to Priorat with Montsant being a bit more complex with a mixture of slate (llicorella), sandy clay and chalk.
The Cariñena and Garnacha vines used for the production of these wines have an approximate age ranging from 25 to 40 years he vineyards of Garnacha are around 2,000 ft altitude in the area of Cornudella de Montsant on slate soils, Cariñena vineyards in Darmós and Masroig area on clay soils and Syrah vineyards are located on limestone soils. Aged for 12 months in French oak.