Penedès, Catalonia, Spain
Celler Pardas started when two growers from Penedès, Ramon Parera and Jordi Arnan, acquired an old estate called Can Comas in Alt Penedès, close to Sant Sadurni d’Anoia. They take a holistic approach on the land; they manage the forest surrounding the vineyards as well as the land bordering them to create a whole agrarian ecosystem and live in the property. Sumoll is not an easy grape to master—“the most masochistic grape there is”, says Jordi— but as the Sus Scrofa shows, Parera and Arnan have conquered its rusticity and are making a delicate, fresh, and immediate wine. The 'Sus Scrofa' is a lighter style of red, similar to a Pinot Noir but with the structure of a Nebbiolo. It has red fruits and lavender aromas with underlying Mediterranean dried herbs and wet chalk.