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A Spanish pair from Montsant and Priorat


Today’s post features a pair of wines purchased from Despana Vinos y Mas during my last trip to New York.  These wines are from Priorat and the surrounding region of Montsant.  Though they are mountainous areas the different varieties and soils have produced wines of different effect.  That written, they both have good acidity and are not full of big fruit.   Casa Rojo is an old Spanish negocient firm that produces wine from vineyards located throughout the country.  The 2013 Casa Rojo, Macquinon, Priorat is meant to highlight the slate soils of the region.  That goal is achieved through mineral rich flavors of cooler fruit.  I realize there is debate as to what minerality is but in this case just think liquid stone.  There is even a bit of structure that suggests this might improve through the winter. Ediciones I-Limitadas is a project that seeks to produce unique wines with each vintage.  The 2011 Ediciones I-Limitadas, Luno, Montsant is produced using vineyards located between 250-450m in altitude.  These mountainous vineyards have provided the spiced, dark fruit with great acidity that can only be described as crunchy.  It is a tasty wine that drinks well after a few hours in the decanter.  Be sure to try both!

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2013 Casa Rojo, Maquinon, Priorat – $23
Imported by Luneau USA Inc.  This wine is 100% Garnatxa Negre sourced from 10 year old vines.  The wine was aged for four months in French oak barrels.  Alcohol 14%.  There were mineral rich flavors of hard black fruit and stone.  The wine took on some tart and broad flavors of red fruit and some herbs before the puckering finish that left drying tannins on the gums.  **(*) Now – 2017.

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2011 Ediciones I-Limitadas, Luno, Montsant – $19
Imported by  Martin Scott Wines.  This wine is a blend of 50% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 15% Carignan, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon that was aged for 8 months in American and French oak barrels.  Alcohol 14%.  The subtle nose revealed herbs, olives, dark fruit.  In the mouth were slightly dense flavors of fresh ripe black and blue fruit that had a enjoyable ripe, spice hint.  The acidity was present on the tongue tip and help provide almost crunchy flavors.  The wine became firmer towards the herbal finish.  With extended air flavors of red fruit and Christmas spiced fruit came out.  *** Now-2018.

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