Spanish Wine Set To Move
by Juan Vega
Clos Erasmus Laurel Priorat 2012
$55 the bottle
Wine Spectator Advance (7/15) - 93 points
Black cherry, licorice, mineral and mountain herb notes exhibit snap and focus in this racy red. Not muscular, but has balance and good intensity, as bright acidity drives the flavors through a floral, citrusy finish. Drink now through 2022.
Stephen Tanzer – 93 points
Opaque ruby. Powerful smoke- and mineral-accented black and blue fruit aromas show very good clarity and pick up suave floral and spicecake elements with air. Fleshy and broad in the mouth, offering ripe blackcurrant and mulberry flavors sharpened by a peppery flourish. The floral note comes back strong on the finish, which clings with excellent tenacity and youthfully chewy tannins. In a broader-shouldered style than its Clos Erasmus sibling; this one should age well but offers plenty of immediate appeal as well. In the context of high-end Priorats there's remarkable value here.
Nin Ortiz Priorat Planetes de Nin Porrera Vi de la Vila 2012
$50 the bottle
Wine Spectator Advance (7/15) - 92 points
This exuberant red bursts with flavors of cherry, plum, mountain herb, smoke and baking spices. Fresh and harmonious, showing a solid structure powered by racy acidity. Spice, floral and mineral notes linger. Drink now through 2022.
Stephen Tanzer – 92 points
Brilliant ruby. Lively and precise on the nose, displaying scents of fresh red berries, floral oils, Asian spices and minerals. Round and seamless on the palate, offering nervy redcurrant and raspberry flavors that flesh out with air. Pure and focused on the finish, which features silky tannins and a whiplash of candied red fruit.
Wine Advocate - 94 points
Ester Nin and Carles Ortiz have produced beautiful wines in 2012, pure and delineated, fresh like never before. I was thoroughly impressed by the 2012 Planetes de Nin, a bright ruby-colored, fragrant Garnacha-based red with some 30% Cariñena from the Planetes vineyard in Porrera. It has a beautiful floral nose of violets and lilies, with showy aromas of blood orange peel, wild berries and oriental spices in a Vosne-Romanée way, very Burgundian overall and truly captivating. The palate is ultra-sleek, silky with very refined tannins and a subtle minerality that adds to the freshness and makes the wine very focused and precise. This is so different from previous vintages, so much more elegant and focused, pure and elegant. This should age in bottle nicely, but it will be very difficult to resist. And it's a very good value.