Celler el Masroig Sola Fred is a red blend from one of our favorite wineries, Celler el Masroig, in the Montsant region of northeast Spain. The Montsant region received DO status in 2001 and lies west of Barcelona bordering on the north of Priorat. Celler el Masroig was founded in 1917 as the Cooperativa of El Masroig. It is an association of grape and olive oil producers with approximately 300 members who are associated owners of the company. The winemaker is the young and dynamic Carles Escolar, who strongly believes in the potential of the Montsant appellation. Jay Miller of Wine Advocate praised the winery in April 2008: "Celler El Masroig, located in the up-and-coming region of Montsant, is a role model for how a cooperative ought to function. The winery keeps only the best grapes and sells off the rest to other producers, some of whom are quite well known. The wines are very fairly priced and offer an excellent price to quality ratio from the top to the bottom of the portfolio." We consider Sola Fred a Spanish red wine gem!
Celler el Masroig Sola Fred is a blend of 90% Carignan and 10% Grenache. Medium in body with a vivid ruby color, the wine offers a fruit-forward nose of fresh red and dark fruit and earthy notes. On the palate it is bright, smooth and easy-drinking with flavors of strawberry, blackberry, cranberry and cocoa. The wine is rich and pleasant on the finish.
Enjoy Celler el Masroig Sola Fred over the next 4-5 years with roast pork, grilled sausage, paella and aged cheeses. It also makes a great mulled wine!