Bang the Cangas

I have absolutely no idea what this is. I’ll be the first to admit it. Never heard of this variety, or this label or this region or whatever. It’s Spanish, that’s all I know. Medium clear ruby with a bit of brick in the last half-inch of edge. Interesting nose, not really wood-smoky, not really wet paper, not really briar or spice or sharp berry or barnyard… kind of a coffee-ground, newsprint funky, over-ripe berry, plasticine, wood-shavings bouquet–not unpleasant by any means, but not ordinary, for SURE. Continuous air gives off more and more berry–watermelon and boysenberry–nothing overt… shy and clasped firmly in an almost mineral grasp.

OK so I’m going to do something I almost never do and google this. Because Cangas, Austurias, and Carrasquin are three words I have never dealt with before. Leave it to Alexander Jules to toss me the hard-ball. Jerk. So it appears Austurias is the region, Cangas is the DOP and Carrasquin is the variety. Anyway, everything points to it being quite native and quite rare. Interesting. Learn something new every day.

In the mouth, everything is all savory acidic. The old-world just REEKS from every pore of this one, salty granular mineralific bite rubbing angry dusty berry into all wounds. Dancingly light in theory, it carries a weight beyond initial comprehension, depositing it on the palate only after dazzling you with acidity but then yanking it away right when you really start grooving on it–leaving you with more acidity. This is a REALLY interesting wine. Buttery burnt chewyness, all wrapped in gothic fruit begging for conversation, a rustic freshness composes the finish: half tannin, half vegetal sprite, all: WOW.

You know me… I’m a sucker for austere Europeans. So I’m pretty much all in here.

2015 SIETE VIDAS Carrasquin Cangas DO Austurias Spain 13.5

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