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Best of Spain night (Priorat vs. Ribeira & Rioja)

December 15, 2019

Two of my preferred regions in Spain were put together for a fun blind tasting… One would think that one region would dominate… But the final result was very balanced, with Two priorats and 2 Ribeira in the top 4 finish.

2013 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Champs Gains
Huge nose of mineral, stony, hint of honey, huge tension, typical Puligny nose…. Delicious, fresh crisp citrus, nice concentration, mineral, lenght of 45 sec! (96 points)

2014 Familia Nin-Ortiz Priorat Selma de Nin
Huge nose of yellow apple, citrus, hint of smoke… High tension and acidity, but great concentration and fatness, delicious!! (94 points)

2016 Familia Nin-Ortiz Priorat Planetes de Nin
Nice nose of ripe red cherries, sandalwood, cuberdon… Crisp acidity, sappy red berries, mineral, deliciously feminine. (94 points)

2015 Viñedos de Páganos Rioja El Puntido
Nice nose of black cherries, cassis, hint of vanilla… Black cherries, very Bordeaux like, cedar, nice dry and elegant tannin. (95 points)

2009 Bodegas y Viñedos Alión Ribera del Duero
Very animal nose, bacon, bbq leather, ripe strawberries… Nice freshness, very Bordeaux like, red berries, very silky tannin, good lenght. (95 points)

2011 Clos Erasmus Priorat Laurel
Very evolved nose, bacon, fresh red berries, nice saltiness, mineral nose… Super sappy taste, salty mineral, red berries, nice lenght. (93 points)

2016 Viñedos de Páganos Rioja La Nieta
Very concentrated nose of black berries, hint of vanilla red berries… Tannins present, nice freshness, red berries, good lenght. (95 points)

2012 Familia Nin-Ortiz Priorat Nit de Nin Mas d’en Cacador
Huge saline and mineral nose, sandalwood, mûres, cassis… Amazingly young, red berries, hint of tannin, very nice balance and lenght. (96 points)

2004 Bodegas Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Único
Very nice nose of wild game, sanglier, cerises griottes, sandalwood, forest floor… Perfectly mature, Bordeaux style, super elegant and silky tannins, cèpes de Bordeaux, cedar, ripe strawberries. (97 points)

2015 Clos Erasmus Priorat
Huge nose of strawberries, tobacco leaves, oriental spices, soy sauce… Delicious taste of salty cherries, quite mineral, lenght of 90 sec, BRAVO!! (99 points)

NV Bodegas Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Único Reserva Especial 1994, 1999, 2000 (2013 Release)
WOW nose of roasted bacon, ripe strawberries, cedar box, BBQ roasted meat… Fabulous taste super sily tannins, ripe strawberries, forest floor, lenght of 60 sec, one of the best Vega Sicilia tasted!! (100 points)

2010 Clos Erasmus Priorat
Huge nose of BBQ soy sauce, meather, sanglier, wild game… Delicious taste of exotic wood, ripe strawberries, integrated tannin. (98 points)

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