Cellar Comunica - La Pua, Montsant, Spain (2020)
La Pua is a blend of 85% White Grenache and 15% Red Grenache.
While White Grenache is front and centre with floral notes, white fruit and hints of aromatic herbs, the Red Grenache also provides a silkiness, sweetness and fresh red fruit notes.
A white wine with good acidity provided by the granite soils, the volume of the clay-calcareous soils a certain minerality of the slate.
Pep Aguilar and Patri Morillo have never been ones to conform. The pair first bonded as students riding the commuter train between Barcelona and the city’s outskirts, and wound up roommates who shared an intense desire to learn, experiment and forge their own path in the world of wine.
Finishing their studies together, they formed their own oenology consultancy which evolved into the creation of their own label - Celler Comunica - in 2010.
They make small-batch organic and biodynamic wines in an old farmhouse estate (named the Mas d’en Cosme Estate) in the town of Falset on the border of D.O. Priorat and D.O. Montsant. The Mas d’en Cosme estate is historic, once hosting former Indian Prime Minister Nehru and his daughter, Indira Priyadarshini Nehru during their brief visit in 1938 during the Spanish Civil War.
Pep and Patri spend more time in the vineyards than in the winery, getting to know each and every one of their vines and every inch of earth in which they grow.
Comunica’s soils are mainly granitic, precisely the soil type Pep and Patri had been searching and dreaming of for years, allowing them to produce fresh, vibrant wines like the ones granite soils lend themselves to in D.O. Montsant.
The climate is dry, but on summer evenings, in spite of the heat, a cool breeze will blow in from the Atlantic to provide the vines and soils with moisture.
Pep and Patri use no oak at all; they prize freshness and bright clean fruit over dry extract and high alcohol. The wines are ultra-drinkable and thirst quenching, and provide a fascinating insight into a terroir that’s too often hidden behind alcohol and oak.