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En Numeros Vermells Garnaxta Blanca 2015 Product #30988 (In Stock)
En Numeros Vermells Garnaxta Blanca 2015 En Numeros Vermells Garnaxta Blanca 2015

Silvia Puig's 2015 Garnaxta Blanca starts with very old bush-trained vines growing on small terraces running up and down Priorat’s jumbled hills.  The vines poke out of a cover of broken red and brown slate with flecks of mica called “llicorella” that gives the fruit an almost salty, minerally, feel.  Hot, sunny, days drive ripening while cool, clear, nights maintain freshness.  Fermentation and aging in large French oak casks adds roundness while time in clay amphora gives a portion of the wine a rich, exotic, feel.

The 2015 is very young right now and while it’s already delicious, I think it will be better still this Fall and through 2020+.  Big aromas of green pineapple, apricot, fresh peach, fennel frond and salty stone carry on through a luxuriously textured, mouth-coating, palate.  Notes of spice, orange blossom, and anise emerge for even more complexity as the wine sits in your mouth – and it does sit there for a while as this beauty shows unbelievable palate and finishing length.  A burst of fruity acidity and loads of salty stone minerality bring freshness at the end.  To call it “the best White Grenache in the world” is actually faint praise:  this is a great, great, wine that delivers deep and profound satisfaction.

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En Numeros Vermells Garnatxa Carinyena Black Label 2013 Product #29834 (In Stock)
En Numeros Vermells Garnatxa Carinyena Black Label 2013 En Numeros Vermells Garnatxa Carinyena Black Label 2013

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.

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Vinedos De Ithaca Px Pedro Ximenez Priorat 2011 Product #25768 (In Stock)
Vinedos De Ithaca  Px Pedro Ximenez Priorat 2011 Vinedos De Ithaca  Px Pedro Ximenez Priorat 2011

It's hard to find words to explain just how good this unusual white Priorat is.  Sylvia Puig has created a complex, exotic, dry white that will blow your mind at table. Complex aromas of mineral driven spiced white peach and peppered lemon zest float out of the glass. Delicious round flavors of yellow pear, white raisin and almonds. The finish is pretty much endless.  Yes, it's really worth the price.

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En Numeros Vermells Garnatxa Carinyena Black Label 2014 Product #31027 (In Stock)
En Numeros Vermells Garnatxa Carinyena Black Label 2014 En Numeros Vermells Garnatxa Carinyena Black Label 2014

Silvia Puig intends her Black Label cuvee to be rounder, more supple, and easier to appreciate young than the more structured Classic wine.  In 2014, there are 1,340 bottles of this roughtly 60% Garnatxa (both Negre and Peluda, aka “Hairy Grenache”) and 40% 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.

There's always a friendly, chunky, richness to this cuvee and in 2014 that's joined by remarkable poise and precision.  It sings out with bold aromas of dark raspberry, ripe blueberry, and cocoa powder with subtle floral accents.  Mouthfilling and rich on the palate with more dark fruit - plum, raspberry, blackberry - plus deep dark chocolate, crushed flower, and a bare hint of cola nut.  I love how the flavors really fan out to cover your palate from side-to-side and how the deep, weighty, richness is matched by sprightly freshness.  The chalky tannins make this an outstanding choice for grilled or roasted meats tonight and for a decade or more.

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En Numeros Vermells Garnatxa Carinyena Cuvee #1 2012 Product #28388 (In Stock)
En Numeros Vermells Garnatxa Carinyena Cuvee #1 2012 En Numeros Vermells Garnatxa Carinyena Cuvee #1 2012

While the “Classic Priorat” represents Silvia’s best overall bend in the tiny En Numeros Vermells “cellar” (really a garage), the Garnatxa Carinyena cuvees (or blends) represent just these two classic Priorat grapes.  Cuvee #1 is the main blend (with a whopping 761 bottles made), and it’s a tricky devil to get your arms around!

In some ways, Cuvee #1 is the best behaved of the three ENV reds, but don't let the initial quiet fool you - there's a wild child hiding out here!  I love how glassy smooth this is on first sip before the ripe tannin, hot slate mineral notes, and richly textured tannins gradually build on the long, layered, finish.  The fruit flavors are fresher here than in the Classic - peak of the season blackberry, black raspberry, blueberry and more - but coat your palate with sneaky length.  With air, the palate length grows and more classic Priorat dark fruit and mineral flavors emerge, but everything stays composed and even elegant until the powerful, chewy, finish.  Drink this right now with a lean piece of beef (and an hour of air), but do save some for 5-10 years of cellar time when this beauty will kick off its sensible shoes and lead you on a wild dance of flavor and fun!

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En Numeros Vermells Classic Priorat Negre 2014 Product #31026 (In Stock)
En Numeros Vermells Classic Priorat Negre 2014 En Numeros Vermells Classic Priorat Negre 2014

Silvia Puig made just 827 bottles of our favorite all-around Priorat red in the cool, fresh, 2014 vintage.  It's 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).  The vintage gives this more energy and zip than previous releases, but there's no shortage of pure Priorat power.

Big, classically Priorat, aromas of spice, chocolate, blackberry, raspberry and baked plum really jump from the glass.  In the mouth it's rich and ripe with oodles of blue-black fruit, more chocolate and spice, and accents of tangy blueberry, blood orange and pomegranate.  Chewy and dense right on through the very long finish with notes of blackberry, plum, and flambéed cherries lingering on and on.  This will drink young and repay 10-15 years in cellar.

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En Numeros Vermells Classic Priorat Negre 2012 Product #28386 (In Stock)
En Numeros Vermells Classic Priorat Negre 2012 En Numeros Vermells Classic Priorat Negre 2012

The Classic Priorat was the first wine we ever tried from Silvia Puig’s “garage winery” label, En Numeros Vermells, and this 2012 will show you exactly why we’ve grabbed pretty much all we could over the past two years.  It’s a luxurious blend of Garnacha Negre and Garnacha Peluda (“Hairy Grenache”) plus Syrah and Carignan, all aged in new Berthomieu Ermitage barrels (the best French oak money can buy).  Since it first arrived in May, it’s just gotten better and better.

The aromas are even more bold and rich now, with notes of macerated berries, black cherry, melted licorice, dark chocolate, and exotic spice.  With a little air, the fruit freshens and suggestions of roasted meat, crushed herb, and tropical floral notes emerge.  In the mouth it’s dark and meaty with blue/black fruit (from the Carignan and Syrah) gaining depth and freshness in the glass, lifted by slate-like minerality and juicy, refreshing, acids.  The texture is gorgeous, at once silky and muscular, with powerful tannins providing support and dark fruit, iron ore minerality, bitter chocolate, and spice notes lingering on.  It’s all still a little primary, but you can enjoy it right now with lamb or savory pork roast or cellar it for 15 years or so.  Just 540 bottles made and a bit more than 100 available.

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En Numeros Vermells Classic Priorat Negre 2013 Product #29835 (In Stock)
En Numeros Vermells Classic Priorat Negre 2013 En Numeros Vermells Classic Priorat Negre 2013

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.

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En Numeros Vermells Classic Priorat Negre 1.5l 2012 Product #28387 (In Stock)
En Numeros Vermells Classic Priorat Negre 1.5l 2012 En Numeros Vermells Classic Priorat Negre 1.5l 2012

This is one of the two or three most exciting wines we'll bring you all year - now in magnum for even more fun.  Winemaker Silvia Puig is best known for her award-winning work at Priorat's Vinedos de Ithaca.  For the past few vintages, though, she's been making ultra-small lots of wine in her garage from select old vine sites across the region. When importer Jonas Gustafsson showed us the 2011 Classic Priorat last year, we snapped up (and quickly sold through) every bottle we could get.  And, we immeidately sent out a plea to Silvia for more of the new vintage.

Here it is.  Silvia made just 540 bottles - not cases, bottles! - of this luxurious blend of Garnacha Negre and Garnacha Peluda (“Hairy Grenache”) plus Syrah and Carignan, all aged in new Berthomieu Ermitage barrels (the best French oak money can buy) until Silvia decides it's ready to bottle.  The aromas suggest a top vintage of Clos Mogador - super-ripe raspberry, dark chocolate, exotic flowers, black licorice, and North African spice show in the inky, intense, nose.   In the mouth, it's dark and intense with black raspberry, black plum, licorice, chocolate, and Christmas pudding flavors lifted by a note of juicy blueberry from the Carignan and Syrah.  Still very supple and poised, with a fine minerality and chewy, ripe, tannins under the blue/black fruited finish that turns floral at the very end.

This is simply stunning stuff, and anyone who loves Priorat or the very, very, best of Chateauneuf-du-Pape should stock up to enjoy it now with a little air or even more over the next 15+ years. The price is rock solid for the quality.  But, even though we purchased 45% of Silvia's  total production (and about half the magnums), there's not much to go around.  Grab it now.

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En Numeros Vermells Classic Priorat Negre 1.5l 2013 Product #29837 (In Stock)
En Numeros Vermells Classic Priorat Negre 1.5l 2013 En Numeros Vermells Classic Priorat Negre 1.5l 2013

A blend of 65% Garnatxa, 30% Syrah, and 5% Carinyena. My note: "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."

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