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Two Great Spanish Wines

The two wines featured in today’s post reflect flavorful, traditional wine but only one winery dates back to the start of the 20th century with the other only dating to the end.  The 2005 Celler Mas Garrian, Clos Severi, Priorat is a family run winery which was originally named Mas de Camperol.  The vineyards are planted with Garnatxa, Carinena, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot.  From these hand-tended and biodynamic vineyards two wines are made: Mas del Camperol and Clos Severi.  I found this bottle of Clos Severi outstanding since its exactly the sort of wine I like to drink.  It is taking on maturity which blends perfectly with the fruit, minerals, and cedar notes.  There is not much written about this wine so I highly recommend you sample a few bottles.  The 2001 Bodegas Hermanos Peciña, Vendimia Seleccionada, Rioja Reserva is produced by Pedro Peciña.  He was the vineyard manager at the historic La Rioja Alta.  He founded his winery in 1992 and respects the traditional methods of Rioja including long aging in American oak.   Two years ago I was excited by the 2001 Bodegas HermanosPeciña, Senorio de P. Peciña, Rioja Reserva so it retrospect it is no surprise that I loved this Vendimia Seleccionada.   In a sense it has the subtlety of traditional Rioja with very attractive flavors but also the nature required for long aging.  I highly recommend you try both of these wines, they are the sort I could drink every day.  The Celler Mas Garrian was purchased at MacArthur Beverages and the Bodegas Hermanos Peciña was purchased from the Rare Wine Co.


2005 Celler Mas Garrian, Clos Severi, Priorat – $25
Imported by Williams Corner Wine.  This wine was aged in used oak for 10-12 months.  Alcohol 15%.  The nose was earthy with mixed fruit and cedar aromas.  The earthy blue fruit took on more minerals on the second night.  The wine was a little creamy and dense with very attractive and clean, blue fruit.  The earth notes came back midpalate along with minerals.  The structure was initially minimal but became more evident and textured on the second night as it left drying tannins.  Really good flavors.  ***(*) Now-2027.


2001 Bodegas Hermanos Peciña, Vendimia Seleccionada, Rioja Reserva – $40
Imported by the Rare Wine Co.  This wine is a blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha, and Graciano.  Alcohol 13.5%.  The nose was meaty with earthy red fruit, eventually taking on aromas of cherry and a touch of tobacco.  In the mouth were controlled flavors of ripe black and red fruit that had a little tart hint on the tongue.  There were low-lying ripe tannins and power that left the impression this wine will age for some time.  The aftertaste was meaty and smoky.  **** Now-2029.


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