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Two Exciting Iberian Wines

We drank these two wines last week.  Mas Sorrer is a new venture from Sara Perez and Rene Barbier, Jr.  Founded in 2010 this bottle of 2009 represents their second vintage.  Sara Perez is winemaker at Mas Martinet, Cims de Porrera, and Venus la Universal.  Back in May, Lou and I drunk a bottle of her 2007 Mas Martinet BruConceito is a relatively new winery where Rita Ferreira uses the fruit from her mother’s estate.

The Conceito is imported by Vin de Terra Imports and available at Chain Bridge Cellars for $18.  The Mas Porrer is imported by Domaine Select Wine Estates and available at MacArthurs for $14.  The Conceito is more intellectual and unveils itself over a few hours.  The Mas Sorrer grabs hold of you and makes you want to drink more.  I am really excited about the level of quality here at such an affordable price.  I rather enjoyed both of these wines and recommend them!

2009 Mas Sorrer, Montsant
This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah sourced from 10-year-old vines in the La Fuina vineyard.  This vineyard is located at 300 meters with soils of granite.  The wine is aged for 10 months with 40% in tank and 60% in 4-year-old oak barrels.  On the second night the wine was Rhone like with its ripe, robust blue/purple fruit that vigorously expanded in the mouth.  This is really good stuff with a yeast note and fine tannins that coat the lips thoroughly. *** Now-2015.

2008 Conceito, Contraste, Douro,
This wine is a blend of Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional and Sousao.  The wine is aged for 18 months with 30% in tank and 70% in French oak.  The nose reveals scented berries.  In the mouth there is a lot of dark fruit which is elegant, with a powdery texture and gravelly note that is quite nice.  This wine is very approachable with some grapiness, a slightly savory midpalate, and in the end there is a lot going on.  This might be better with a year or two of aging. *** 2014-2019.

  1. November 2, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Thanks so much for the fantastic write-up on Mas Sorrer. You’re not the first to get that Rhone aspect in this wine, that almost makes you beg for another sip. Montsant is such an exciting area, with a cool culture. It’s rare you find the pedigree of winemaking from icons likes Sara Perez and Rene Barbier at such affordable prices. The area is making a name for itself as the go-to value region within Spain, and with good reason.

    Have you had a chance to taste through the Venus la Universal wines?

    • November 2, 2011 at 9:59 am


      You are welcome. Yes, the pedigree which has produced such a good with combined with the amazing price is a great combination. I have not drunk the Venus la Universal wines but will work with Phil at MacArthurs so that I may.


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