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Clos Monlleó, Sangenís i Vaqué, Porrera, Priorat DOQ, Spain, 1999, 15% abv

During our visit to Celler Sangenís i Vaqué in January 2015, Maria hosted solo but brought out all the stops for an exceptional tasting.  Of the ten poured, four were a vertical of the Clos Monlleó from 2013, 2011, 2005 and 1999. Monlleó is the surname … Continue reading

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Laurel, Clos i Terrasses, DOQ Priorat, Spain, 2012, 15% abv.

Do a quick Google search for ‘Daphne Glorian’ and up pops an inordinate number of results – 18,700, to be exact.  She’s a bona fide wine rockstar whose life work is synonymous with the red wines of Priorat, Spain. One of … Continue reading

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Genium Cellers, Costers vi de Guarda, Poboleda, Priorat DOQ, Spain, 2005, 14.5% abv

One thing I have learned about winemakers and winery owners is that showing even a little interest in their work usually yields immensely positive results for anyone wanting to learn more.  Most are keen to share and you realize very quickly … Continue reading

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Castillo de Monséran, Garnacha Old Vines, Cariñena DO, Spain, 2007, 13% abv, C$16

Thankfully, it’s Friday which means it’s time to sit on the couch and drink red wine. From some massive vineyards (21,500 ha) in the northeastern hills of Aragon, west of Catalunya, this Garnaxa based Spanish wine is made from 50 year … Continue reading

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Atteca Old Vines, Garnacha, Calatayud DO, Spain, 15% abv, 2010, C$35 @ Legacy Wines

Legacy Wines, oh how I adore you. I walk in expecting to buy one bottle of wine for a friend and 6 bottles later, I trundle out of the store with a second mortgage in hand. Made from old Grenache … Continue reading

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Ludovicus, Celler Piñol, DO Terra Alta, Tarragona, Spain, 2008, 14% abv.

The WSET Advanced Level 3 award results came through today – after waiting only 12 weeks.  I passed with Distinction in both the theory and tasting portions of the exam. Thrilled. Yup. Jumping with proverbial joy. What better way than … Continue reading

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Vina Ardanza, Reserva Especial, Rioja Alta, Rioja AOC, Spain, 13.5% abv, US $32

Purchased in New Haven, Connecticut, this is an 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha blend made only in special vintages – 1964, 1973 and this 2001 example. The wine has a clear, deep, rich garnet core moving to a thick bricked ruby … Continue reading

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