On a roll with Spanish wines – Can Blau 2013

Can Blau 2013 Monstant – Costco $11.99

This is yet another fantastic Spanish wine. This one is from Montsant and is a blend of three Rhone varieties of grapes.

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Wonderful!

First, a little about Spain’s Montsant wine region and why we like the wines from this region. It is in the same geographic area as the Priorat. Its territory surrounds the Priorat, but Montsant lives in the shadow of the famous Priorat. The Priorat, along with Rioja, has the highest wine designation in all of Spain, DOQ. The grapes of the Montsant and Priorat are the same and the climate is very similar. For the most part, Montsant vineyards are older than those in the Priorat.  Overall, we found the wines of the Montsant to be lighter in style and not nearly as bold as the Priorat wines. Even better, Montsant wines overall are value-priced wines.

The Can Blau, produced by Cellars Can Blau, is owned by the Gil Family in Jumilla and is a blend of Cariñena (also known as Manzuelo) 40%, Syrah 40% and Garnacha 20%.  Please see datasheet on this wine.  This is a unique blend for a wine from this region, and it is delightful. It is medium bodied, with zip and character in the mouth, and its finish is very long.  This wine cries out for food of many types, including roast chicken, lamb, pizza, paella, and pasta. Try the Can Blau 2013 with this healthy Portobello sandwich.

The Can Blau is similar in style to the Zerran from Montsant that we reviewed a few months ago. The Zerran is no longer available at KL Wines, but the Con Blau is just as tasty.  It’s quite delicious for $12. Rising star wine critic Antonio Galloni scores the Con Blau at 90 Points. I have to agree with that, and I will be back to the Foster City Costco to buy more of this gentle and flavorful red wine.

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