Clos de Nit Montsant Tinto 2014: 40% Garnacha, 25% Cariñena, 20% Merlot, 10% Tempranillo, and 5% Cabernet. The D.O. Montsant is in the shape of a crescent moon, and is reflected in the label design and the name, which means ‘the night vine-yard’. The 2014 Joven sees no barrel age: It shows deep ruby in the glass, lavender notes in the nose followed by plum, tar, and underlying mild tannins. 9.99/750ml.
Cellar de Capçanes Mas Picosa de flor en flor 2012: Organically grown grapes, manual harvest early September to mid October. Allluvial soil on the lower elevations turning to stony, mineral rich, granite and slate higher up on terraces. Maceration for 8-10 days, controlled primary fermentation in stainless, malolactic in tank. Cold stabilized, light filtration and fining before bottling. Intense purple, opaque, blueberry, violet, plum, subtle smoke and slate notes. 12.99/750ml.
Mustiguillo Mestizaje 2013 Bobal El Terrerazo: Manual harvest. Sorting tables employed. 75% Bobal, 9% Garnacha, 8% Merlot, 7% Syrah, and 1% Cabernet. Grapes are fermented separately in French oak and stainless steel. Controlled temperatures. Manual pipeage and pumping. Malo in stainless and French oak. 10 months in French oak barrel with battonage. No fining or filtration. “There is superb integration of the oak here and a very aromatic profile on the nose full of flowers and red berries with hints of aromatic herbs. The pleasant palate is medium-bodied, supple, has very fine tannins, good freshness and is easy to drink…Great value, possibly the best Mestizaje so far.” The Wine Advocate, Feb. 2015. 91pts. 13.99/750ml.
Castaño Solanera Viña Viejas 2013 Yecla: You may remember this from last year. Delicious, focused dark berry, gravelly underneath with notes of lavender and violets in the perfume. 70% Monasrell, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Garnacha. Grapes are from 15-40 year old vines planted in clay and limestone soils. Fermented entirely in stainless steel. Cabernet and Garnacha are aged separately in American and French oak for 10 months, while the Monastrell is aged entirely in stainless. 92pts Wine Advocate. 15.99/750ml.
Celler Cecilio Gratallops Black Slate 2013 Priorat: 9 hectares in Gratallops and El Lhoar planted in Llicorella soils composed of slate and quartz. Garnacha Negra, Cariyena, Syrah. Manual harvest from sustainably maintained vineyards. Average age of vines from 25-65 years old. Fermented in stainless tanks using indigenous yeasts with maceration for 20-25 days. Aged one year in cement. “ Zesty redcurrant and cherry aromas show good clarity, picking up floral and allspice qualities with air. Silky and open-knit, offering pliant red fruit flavors and a touch of rose pastille. Finishes supple and spicy, with lingering raspberry and white pepper notes and soft tannins.” 90pts Vinous Media. 20.99/750ml.
Fino, Oloroso, and Cream: 800 hectares of Palomino and Pedro Ximenez, including holdings in Pago de Macharnudo. The wine is made in traditional fashion with Palomino the principle varietal for Fino and Oloroso, and Cream primarily Pedro Ximenez. Wines are made at Bodegas M. Gil Luque. Fermentation is Initiated with natural flor yeasts. If successful, the wine becomes a Fino: dry, exhibiting intense yeasty notes in the perfume. Bread and subtle nuttiness in the mouth with distinct tartness. Perfect for tapas or almost any shellfish. If the flor does not develop, the wine is an Amontillado or Oloroso: darker, fuller in the mouth with a distinct almond and burnt caramel character. Flor is never used for Cream: sweet, candied, burnt caramel,full bodied. Primarily a dessert wine traditionally served in small tulip glasses. 14.99/750ml.
Olivares Dulce Monastrell 2010: 100% Monastrell from the oldest vines on the estate. Harvest late in the autumn to allow the grapes to become partially raisined. Manual harvest, partial fermentation in cement vats, long maceration with skins. No wood ageing, bottled 8-9 months after harvest. Deep scarlet. Complex perfume with date, fig, and nugat. Mouth feel is rich and clinging with insistent flavor nuances and subtle notes suggesting black olive and fennel. Long and luscious. Perfect foil for veined cheeses, nuts, and sweets. “Very intense and fresh, high-toned, with tension. The elegant, velvety palate is full-bodied, sweet and persistent, with a special freshness that makes it unique. It still shows a little bit of tannin that should get polished with a few more months in bottle.” Wine Advocate 92pts 18.79/750ml.
“In the infinite variety of natural combinations, we must expect to find the qualities of things the most remote imaginable from each other united in the same object.” –Burke
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