Saturday, June 2, 2012


Wine never stops surprising me. Often, at reasonable price points you taste certain, random wines that should retail at THREE TIMES what the suggested retail price is. Recently, I have found one of those RARE and SPECIAL wines that sells for under $20 and drinks like a $75 bottle of wine. That wine is from Spain's Montsant region and is PINYOLET SELECCION 2009. It is made from the two most famous grapes of the region, GARNACHA and CARIGNAN. In this case, old vine 80% Garnacha (1945) and old vine 20% Carignan (1928). Only 2,000 cases are produced. The wine is aged in medium toasted two year old French oak barrels for eight months. The result on the palate of this 14.5% mineral driven wine is one of dark fruit mixed with exotic spices. Pinyolet Seleccion 2009 is full-bodied, expressive, complex and elegant all at the same time. As you can tell, I was overly impressed with the friendliness of this small production wine and believe it is a real steal at $19.99 a bottle. My suggestion is to buy a case and store it for up to five years...possibly the $75 profile will turn into a $200 profile in time?
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