Cingles Blaus means "blue cliffs" in Catalan and describes the sheer cliffs of blue slate in the area which are a significant contributor to the full flavors of Montsant wines. The Cingles Blaus wines, of which I selected a white, a rose, a Joven, and a Reserva, show the talents of the winemaker in fully understanding the potential of the grapes grown in this terrain.
The Cingles Blaus wines also share more of the characteristics of Priorat wines as they are from the north side of Montsant which is much more similar to the broken slate of the Priorat than the alluvial river valley that is on the south side of Montsant. The wine descriptions below also use the Catalan names of the wines to respect the wonderful culture and history of this beautiful and gracious part of the world.
Blue slate terrain in the vineyards
The Wine Cellar
Montsant cliffs from the vineyard
Part of the wine production area
Octubre Blanc 2022 (OF, NF)
This is a blend of 60% Garnacha Blanca, 26% Macabeo, 8% Garnacha Roja, and 6% Chardonnay. Aromas include honeydew melon, white peach, pear, green apple, starfruit, and hints of jasmine and honeysuckle. Flavors include honeydew melon, pear, and white peaches. There is a medium to full body, perfect balance and acidity, and a refreshing full finish.
Food pairings would include sole, shrimp, crab, halibut, red snapper, swordfish, calamari, clams, seafood pasta and salads, paella, veal, pork, chicken, grilled sausages, pasta with light sauces, Asian and Mexican pork, chicken, and seafood dishes, Asian vegetable salads and appetizers, enchiladas, chile relleno, tacos, tapas, charcuterie, and mild, medium, and creamy cheeses.
Octubre Rosat 2022 (OF, NF)
This is a Rosé that is 86% Garnacha and 14% Merlot. Aromas include raspberries, strawberries, cherries, red peaches, and citrus blossoms. Flavors include strawberries, raspberries, cherries, red peaches, and pink grapefruit. There is a medium body, good balance and acidity, and a refreshing full finish.
Food pairings would include shrimp, crab, salmon, clams, tomato based seafood soups, paella, jambalaya, pork chops, tenderloin, and shoulder, chicken, cassoulet, Asian pork and chicken dishes, Tandoori dishes, red curries, Mexican beef, pork, and chicken dishes, tamales, tacos, charcuterie, and soft, medium, and blue cheeses.
Octubre Negre 2019 (OF, NF)
This tinto is a blend of 60% Garnacha, 25% Carinena, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Merlot. Aromas include dark cherries, dark plums, blackberries, boysenberries, and blueberries. Flavors are a perfect complement to the aromas and include blackberries, dark cherries, and boysenberries. There is a medium to full body, good balance and acidity, and a full and refreshing minerally finish from the slate in Montsant along with a hint of sweet tannins.
Food pairings would include New York Steak, beef stew, short ribs, pork shoulder, shrimp, crab, salmon, pasta with meat sauce, cassoulet, paella, Asian and Mexican beef and pork dishes, tapas, charcuterie, and medium to hard cheeses.
Mas de les Moreres Negre 2018 (OF, NF)
Mas de les Moreres is the name for the "Reserva" wines produced by Cingles Blaus and this wine is a blend of 50% Garnacha, 30% Cariñena, and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. After initial fermentation it is aged between 12 and 15 months in a combination of new and two-year old French and American oak barrels.
Aromas include dark plums, dark cherries, red peaches, and hints of sweet cocoa. Flavors include dark cherries, dark plums, blackberries, boysenberries, and blueberries along with hints of strawberries and raspberries. There is an elegant medium body, perfect balance and acidity, and a lush, rich, and long finish.
Food pairings would include Filet Mignon, New York Steak, roast beef, short ribs, beef stew, rack of lamb, grilled veal, pork, and chicken, coq au vin, cassoulet, duck, Asian beef and pork dishes, Mexican beef, pork, and chicken dishes, beef and pork enchiladas, carnitas, carne asada, tomales, tacos, charcuterie, and medium cheeses.
Mas de les Moreres