- En Numeros Vermells Garnatxa Carinyena Black Label 2013 Product #29834 (In Stock)
1,256 bottles made, 564 imported. Silvia intends her Black Label cuvee to be rounder, more supple, and easier to appreciate young than the more structured Classic wine. In 2013, it’s 70% Garnatxa (both Negre and Peluda, aka “Hairy Grenache”) and 30% Carinyena from old vineyards scattered across Priorat. She ferments the wine in 300 and 500 liter French oak casks that have had one of the ends removed, and then puts the ends back on to let the wine age for 13 months.
Rich, plush, and seductive, this is showing more Grenache character now – dark strawberry and black raspberry – with accents of licorice and spice. I suspect the blueberry/blackberry notes of Carignan will emerge over time. Already, there’s plenty of Priorat’s distinctive slate-like minerality to help balance the rich, sun-warmed, fruit and a level of freshness and purity that’s rare in such a big, intense, wines. The finish is warming and rich with big tannins that give an initial refreshing bite before melting away beautifully. This will improve in cellar for much longer than you’d expect – 10-15 years, I think – although I doubt many will be able to resist that long.
- En Numeros Vermells Classic Priorat Negre 2013 Product #29835 (In Stock)
715 bottles made, 384 imported. As in 2011 and 2012, Silvia’s “Classic” Priorat is, well, “Classic.” A blend of 65% Garnatxa, 30% Syrah, and 5% Carinyena fermented in open-top 300 liter and 500 liter French oak and then aged 13 months in those same barrels (with the tops back on). It’s very young now and still a little shy on the nose and compacted on the palate, although the intensity, balance, and velvety texture are all easy to appreciate now. My note from first tasting with Jonas:
“Dark and spicy fruit, long and rich, amazing power and then amazing finesse. A “wow wine” with loads of dark, rich, fruit, powerful tannins, and a generous helping of Priorat graphite and slate. Shockingly supple and sophisticated for its size. What terrior (sense of place) is. All in balance.” Give this 2 or 3 years and enjoy for 20.
- Bollinger Brut Champagne La Grand Annee 2005 Product #30056 (In Stock)
More powerful, complex, and intense than Special Cuvee, Bollinger’s 2005 vintage Champagne is showy now and built to improve further with time. It’s 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay from 13 different Cru vineyards, about 95% Grands Cru and the rest Premier. All of the base wines aged for about a year in barrel – high quality, used, barrels constructed at Bollinger’s own in-house cooperage – and then resting about 6 years on the lees of secondary fermentation. Plenty of power here, but also sophistication and grace to the complex notes of honey, ginger, hazelnut, and dried fruit aromas and flavors.
"Very subtle, complete nose. Hedgerows and lift. Substantial wine that is not as tight-knit as some but is certainly attention grabbing. Drink now-2028" Jancis Robinson 17/20 points
"A powerful, structured and graceful 2005, showing deft integration of the rich, chalky underpinning, firm acidity and expansive flavors of crushed black currant, spring blossom, toasted almond, crystallized honey and preserved lemon. Offers a fine, raw silk—like mousse and a long, spiced finish. Disgorged February 2015. Drink now through 2030."Wine Spectator 94 points