Almond blossom, Spring Fever in DOQ Priorat

Catalan wine in a nutshell!

69/365 – Catalonia – DOQ Priorat – Priorat – Clos Figueras – Clos Figueres 2004

Spring fever….,

…., spring is everywhere, love is in the air! Short one today. Have a wine tasting to get ready for tonight and kind of in a hurry! Won’t be any Catalan wines, as it is a tasting of 4 wines from other amazing wine making areas of the world. Tuscany, Douro, Central Coast and Mendoza will be represented!

The beautiful village of Porrera! The beautiful village of Porrera!

Sorry, but you’ll have to be there to know which wines they are, and what they taste. Only Catalonia is covered on this blog. But, anyhow, I hope you enjoy the pictures of Priorat in bloom and my tasting notes of one of my absolute favorites from the area!

Almonds blossoming straight out of the Licorella! Almonds blossoming straight out of the Licorella!

Does it get more beautiful? Only thing missing is a bottle of wine! Does it get more beautiful? Only thing missing is a bottle of wine!

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Caves Recaredo, Together in D.O. Cava

Catalan wine in a nutshell!

268/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Cava – Sant Sadurni d’Anoia – Caves Recaredo – Recaredo Turó d‘en Mota 2002

Together……..,

Recaredo Turó d‘en Mota 2002Recaredo Turó d‘en Mota 2002, 100% Xarel.lo

Straw yellow colour, very bright and clean. The bubble rise steadily forming a very thin crown. Surprising with its great intensity, expressiveness, complexity after such long ageing. Very cool, with lots of ripe fruit, especially citrus, interspersed with soft and delicate roasted nuts. Subtle mineral background.  A seductive Cava. A Cava which fills the mouth with total expression, intensity, elegance. Very thin, with a long dry run, nuanced and very fresh. Carbonic perfectly integrated. Full harmony, lively, very nice. Extraordinarily long after taste.

Turo d’en Mota represents the elegance of simplicity: a single vineyard, single variety per each vintage and very limited production. It is a champagne terroir in the broadest sense, ie, with the expression of limestone, Mediterranean microclimate and Xarel·lo…

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Pascona Pirate Party, Drink Up Me Hearties in Falset

Catalan wine in a nutshell!

136/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Costers del Segre – Battliu de Sort – Borda de Cebria – Biu Blanc 2012

Drink Up Me Hearties…..,

….., Drink up me hearties, yo ho! Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for me! A toast to piracy and its many shiny rewards. As a career, what could be more rewarding?”  Are YOU in your happy place? Your office? My happy place is  my office! Yesterday, this was the best party to be at, only wish that all of you scallawag goat-herders were here!

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This is my office, or one of many office spaces I occupy. Welcome to my life! Where is the best place to be on a Thursday afternoon? Right here in my office! This time in Falset, Pascona Montsant Estate, where Toni hosted a Pirate party, with a twist?

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Well yes, since the rum wasn’t flowing bit the wine…

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I’m Dreaming Of A White Christmas!

Catalan wine in a nutshell!

381 – 395/365 – Catalonia – 15 Selected Great Whites

I’m Dreaming Of A White Christmas!………,

The end is nigh and so I recap on some of my favorite wines from Catalonia. The whites below are a few of many excellent wines found in my neck of the woods and in no particular order. As you might know, if you have been following my blog, I don’t give scores and so shall it remain. Just some good wine to enjoy on your own or with friends! Have a great Saturday and make sure you have something nice in your glass!

DSC_0053Nun Vinya dels Taus 2013, 100% Xarel.lo

One of the most elegant and impressive wines, all categories, I have and the good fortune to try this year. Attractive yellow color with delicate gold reflections. Clean and bright. Glyceric tears. My first impression was that of indecisiveness, I couldn’t get my…

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Sicus, Bang Bang in D.O Penedes

Catalan wine in a nutshell!

87/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Penedes – Bonastre – Sicus, Terrers Mediterranis – Sons 2012

Bang Bang…..,

…., if I haven’t been shot down by now, I don’t mind being shot anytime from now. This might be the most unique wine I have ever tried. Not the best, not the best elaboration but the combination of elaboration, location, wine maker skills and the amphoras! Wine have been made in, transported in and kept in amphoras for ages, what is nice to see, is the return of such an ancient vessel, and what a return!

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Massis de Bonastre 100%, Rocks! Sicus Rocks! And the winemaker, Eduard Pie Rocks! It is not only Massis de Bonastre 100% it is also 100% crazy and 100% likable, it is a massive wine and I’m fortunate, lucky and very happy to have consumed bottle number 75 out of 300 produced. This kind of wine should…

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Mas Oller Winery, Make Me Smile in D.O. Emporda

Catalan wine in a nutshell!

362/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Emporda – Torrent – Mas Oller – Plus 2010

Make Me Smile……..,

6d2e03d70c23b9e23279f5442d45e193…., always just smile! ………you’ll see the sun come shining through for you! You’ll find that life is certainly worth while if you just smile! One thing I can guarantee is that this wine is going to make you smile! Happy wine loving days my friends!

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Intense cherry color with blue and violet iridescences. Clean and bright with abundant tears. Clean and expressive nose, predominantly fruity aromas that are quite intense. Ripe fruit such as red plums and black cherries. Gradually becomes more complex offering floral, spicy notes carrying nice and fine aromas, herbs and an increasingly intense minerality. The palate is elegant, silky, with a load of fruit. Good acidity and sweet tannins. Long and marked by a mineral persistence. This is a complex, balanced red wine with great value for money ratio.

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Celler Credo, Bats, Bats, Bats in D.O. Penedes

Catalan wine in a nutshell!

360/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Penedes – Sant Sadurní d’Anoia – Celler Credo – Ratpenat 2013

Bats, Bats, Bats………,

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There are plenty of wines that are made with Xarel.lo but I have personally tried very few made only with Macabeu, this is one of them and I am very happy I did try it, especially knowing that most of the turnover goes to a great cause!  It has a lovely golden yellow color with density and volume. The nose is fruity containing loads of apple notes. In the mouth it is fresh, round, with good acidity, fruity and highly drinkable. It doesn’t have a long aftertaste but leaves a good mouthfeel. A great way to get acquainted with the Macabeu varietal.

22581-cute-bat-1920x1200-animal-wallpaperMucielago, The Bat, enigmatic and secretive, but absolutely necessary for the balance of the ecosystem. The bat is the only flying mammal that exists on Earth. Their biology, highlighted by the longevity…

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