Familia Nin-Ortiz 2014 Planetes de Nin Priorat
60% Garnacha, 40% Carinena | Alc: 15.5% Big & Bold
Priorat, Catalonia, Spain
Planetes de Nin Priorat, on the palate the wine is generous, mouth-filling but never cloying or over-extracted. For a big wine it is light on its feet and displays nuances of tart cherries, plums, lavender, violets, licorice, charcoal, and spice. There is a “Vosne-Romanée way, very Burgundian overall and truly captivating” quality here, as the Wine Advocate once put it. Juicy, succulent, delicious – it screams the earthy, mineral side of Spain, with energy and depth.
Planetes, not unexpectedly, comes from the vineyard site, Finca les Planetes, where Carles Ortiz purchased and renovated an east-facing, nearly 5 hectare plot of vines on schist soils on the outskirts of the village of Porrera. Both Ester and Carles are proponents of biodynamic farming and minimalist winemaking, believing that the duty of a vigneron is to get out of the way of terroir. Planetes is a blend of Garnatxa Negra and Carinyena that is harvested by hand, destemmed, fermented with indigenous yeasts and aged in foudre. The freshness and brightness of Planetes is a testament to the relatively cooler aspect of the site as well as the hands-off approach that Carles and Ester take in the cellar.
“Similarly, the 2014 Planetes de Nin is a blend of Garnacha and Cariñena, but the percentages were reversed, 40% of the former and 60% of the later; they had taken some Garnacha for the amphora wine and therefore the Planetes has less of it. It’s ripe, a little heady (15.5% alcohol) but with good freshness and acidity. It matured in two large oak foudres and amphorae for 17 months. It might not be your typical Porrera, because it’s certainly a lot more elegant, perfumed and refined. The palate is equally elegant, with subtle minerality and great freshness.” 94 Pts -The Wine Advocate
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