Sao del Coster Priorat Pim Pam Poom 2016
Sao del Coster gives us the Priorat we've been looking for. Namely, breathtaking and beautiful vineyards high on the mountaintop at Gratallops, quite possibly the most gorgeous site in all of Catalonia.
Here, Michele Negron Gonzales and Xavy Becarra work their magic on two old-vine plots of Carignane, Grenache, and Syrah with a mule. Really. Their winery is situated in a hollowed out 3-story townhouse in the center of village, creating the need to bring their grapes along winding, brick-covered streets at the height of tourist season. Its a scene of old meets new.
I immediately fell in love with these people and their wines. Here we have a pair of young farmers, checked out of their previous professional lives, making wines with real heart and soul. From beginning to end a tasting of their lineup revealed wines carved from their personalities--vivacious, warm, lively, and charming. I left on a rainy Saturday afternoon with a smile on my face.
Pim Pam Poom is a curiously named wine. In English we might think of Bing! Bang! Boing!, or some such exclamation of wonderment and discovery. Michele and Xavy make this wine more in the manner of Cru Beaujolais--with whole cluster fermentation and the desire to show what Priorat can be when it is juicy, fresh, young, and fruit-forward.
It's a guzzler!