Sumoll is a red grape native to Penedès, here given the Partida treatment. That generally means the wine has life, vibrancy and is generous with the pleasure-factor. Sumoll is a dark, thick-skinned varietal that is capable of making some very heavy, tannic red wines. Here a certain freshness prevails, but the fruit has a lovely dank, sappy depth to it, with plenty of spices coming through to finish. A bit of time in barrel rounds it out nicely without overpowering the wine. A delicious, decidedly Mediterranean affair.
Partida Creus is the project of two Italians now in residence in the Tarragona region of Catalonia, just south of Barcelona. The idea of the project was to work with historical, often overlooked local varietals that in many cases were not recognised by the D.O. of the area: Penedès. Massimo and Antonella strategically went about buying up small plots of abandoned vineyards dotted around the area where mostly unknown varietals such as Garrut, Vinyater, Samsó and Queixal de Llop grew. They sought to revitalise the vines and work out the best expression for these old varetals, working without chemicals in the vineyard and without selected yeasts or any other additions in the cellar. They make an impressively dizzying number of different wines, all of which are unified by a very distinctive house style - raw, viceral and pungent reds, and salty, turbid, expressive whites. As a couple they have an insatiable energy which really comes through in the wine.