Libations

Excellent Entry Priorat – 2011 Nita

Luis Betancur

March 04 2014 - 11:52 AM

Our new wine writer, Sommelier Luis Betancur, kicks things off with Meritxell Pallejà Nita. Who else could describe a finish with quartz. Welcome Luis! 

COUNTRY: Spain/Catalonia
REGION: Gratallops, Terragona
PRODUCER: Meritxell Pallejà Nita
DENOMINATION: DOCa Priorat Priorat (BLEND)
YEAR: 2011
VARIETAL: 45% Garnacha, 35% Cariñena, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Syrah
ABV:  14.5%
NOSE :Over ripe cut Black cherries, strawberries, Cooked blackberry, fresh cut cassis, violets
TASTE: Fresh cut black cherries, Black currant, over ripe black plum, light earthy taste, probably from back slate metallic after taste from quartz
ACIDITY: Mediun
TANNIC: Medium
FINISH: Red plum, Black Currants, Quartz,
DESCRIPTION Great entry level Priorat. Balanced (acidity, Alcohol, residual sugar), red garnet with a brown rim. This wine does not need food, though it needs decanting to help “condense” its high alcohol level. It needs to breathe to open up and express its wonderful taste. Presents excellent value at $16 to $20.

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