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2014 Nit de Nin (750ml)

Grenache from Priorat, Spain

B-21 Top Recommendation
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Wine has been a part of Spain's Priorat for centuries. Vertiginous, terraced vineyards, planted by Carthusian monks on decomposing slate locally known as llicorella. The ruins and its recent renovations of the 11th century grand monastery of Scala Dei – a must visitors stop.

Among the top Priorat estates, familiar are L'Ermite, Clos Mogador, and Clos Erasmus, all just a two hour drive from Barcelona. It was at Clos Erasmus where I first met Ester Nin 15 years ago. She fell in love with Priorat, raised at high elevation in the Penedès, she felt right at home. I was introduced to Ester by Daphne Glorians, owner of the famed Clos Erasmus. Ester was the viticulturist there, transitioning the vineyards to biodynamic farming.

Clos Erasmus was a great experience, foundation for what was to come at her estate. In 2004 Ester purchased eight acres of very old (80-110 years) at one of the highest elevations in Priorat bordering Porrera and Gratallops. Hand harvesting is always the case here, no other options with treacherous terraces. Aging in large oak barrels, minimal intervention needed here.


The 2014 Nit de Nin was also ready for tasting. It's approximately 60% Garnacha Peluda and 40% Cariñena from a centenary vineyard (Mas d'en Caçador) in Porrera. The full clusters fermented with natural yeasts and the wine matured in 3,200-liter French oak foudres. At this point in time, there is a slight reduction that made me think of a full-cluster fermented Cornas, a mixture of meaty and floral aromas, something that I find really attractive. The palate shows great precision, with character and elegance, ultra sleek tannins and gobsmacking balance. Since 2010, 100% full clusters are used for the fermentation, but it's not a formula. If one year they do not like the stems, they will take them away. This is a lovely example of Porrera, showing the elegant rusticity the best wines from there are capable of. I never thought I'd like this even better than the 2013. 3,849 bottles and some large formats were filled in April 2016.

97+ points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # 227 - Oct 2016)

Alcohol By Volume: 15.0%
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