Simply The Best Young Reds Will Bring You This Year: Silvia Puig’s ENV

One of my favorite sentences to write every year:  Silvia Puig’s blockbuster En Numerous Vermells Priorats from vintage 2015 have arrived, are on sale, and will be open to taste with importer Jonas Gustafsson this Saturday from noon-4pm. Right now - while they last - all of these tiny production gems are available to you at best anywhere prices.  Mix/match your way to best six- and 12-bottle savings - while you can!

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En Numeros Vermells Garnatxa Carinyena Black Label 2015 Product #32208 (In Stock)
En Numeros Vermells Garnatxa Carinyena Black Label 2015 En Numeros Vermells Garnatxa Carinyena Black Label 2015

1,711 bottles made; 600 imported.  This wine has always been good, but in 2015 it takes a big step up to “hoo boy and zowie – gimme more of that right now” status.  Intended to be the more open, ready to enjoy, of Silvia’s two “main” Priorats the 2015 is once again a blend of Garnatxa Negre, Garnatxa Peluda (aka “Hairy Grenache”) and 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.

As always, this is hugely ripe and fleshy and delicious right now (although it’s going to peak in 5-10 years).  But the 2015 adds in astonishing purity, finesse and balance for such a big, boisterous, wine.  Bold aromas of slate and wild blackberry with a touch of spice lead to plump, powerful, flavors of black raspberry, blackberry, wild blueberry, milk chocolate and – of course – crushed slate. The dusty slate and a beam of razor sharp acidity give these big, powerful, flavors shape and definition from front to back, but the rich, ripe, fruit really sings out at the end over perfectly polished tannins.  A fun, wild, ride now but promising even more sophistication with maturity.  Oh – and it’s yummy, too

Regular Price (1) Price : $64.99/ea
Sale Single Bottle (1): $54.98/ea
Sale Half Case (6): $49.98/ea
Sale Full Case (12): $46.98/ea
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En Numeros Vermells Classic Priorat Negre 2015 Product #32209 (In Stock)
En Numeros Vermells Classic Priorat Negre 2015 En Numeros Vermells Classic Priorat Negre 2015

1,215 bottles made; 600 bottles and 20 magnums imported.  The “White Label” is Silvia’s flagship and this year’s model harks back to the simply stellar 2011 vintage that was our introduction to the ENV project.  It’s a blend of Garnatxa, Syrah and a splash of 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).  Sounds simple, but that hides the intense amount of work that goes into this wine, from selecting the very best French oak, to meticulously sorting the fruit of ultra-old vines, to manually punching down the fermentations and then coaxing out the best of each lot from barrel to bottle.

So what’s the 2015 like?  Jonas Gustafsson, Silvia’s importer, sums it up nicely:  “This vintage is all about class, concentration and power!”  You’re going to need a little patience and time here, but swirling unveils a profound nose of dark fruit, sweet spice, crumbled baker’s chocolate and a generous dose of hot, smoky, slate.  In the mouth, a wildly complex ride featuring torrents of blackberry and black raspberry fruit, subtle currents of lead pencil, chocolate and spice, and bold gusts of dusty blue slate.  It’s at once velvety textured and immensely powerful, with huge drive through a long, blue/black fruit, iron ore and spice finish.  Decant and grill up some lamb right now.  Or in 2025.  Or 2035.  Etc.

Regular Price (1) Price : $89.99/ea
Sale Single Bottle (1): $69.98/ea
Sale Half Case (6): $64.98/ea
Sale Full Case (12): $59.98/ea
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En Numeros Vermells Classic Priorat Negre 1.5l 2015 Product #32210 (In Stock)
En Numeros Vermells Classic Priorat Negre 1.5l 2015 En Numeros Vermells Classic Priorat Negre 1.5l 2015

1,215 bottles made; 600 bottles and 20 magnums imported.  The “White Label” is Silvia’s flagship and this year’s model harks back to the simply stellar 2011 vintage that was our introduction to the ENV project.  It’s a blend of Garnatxa, Syrah and a splash of 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).  Sounds simple, but that hides the intense amount of work that goes into this wine, from selecting the very best French oak, to meticulously sorting the fruit of ultra-old vines, to manually punching down the fermentations and then coaxing out the best of each lot from barrel to bottle.

So what’s the 2015 like?  Jonas Gustafsson, Silvia’s importer, sums it up nicely:  “This vintage is all about class, concentration and power!”  You’re going to need a little patience and time here, but swirling unveils a profound nose of dark fruit, sweet spice, crumbled baker’s chocolate and a generous dose of hot, smoky, slate.  In the mouth, a wildly complex ride featuring torrents of blackberry and black raspberry fruit, subtle currents of lead pencil, chocolate and spice, and bold gusts of dusty blue slate.  It’s at once velvety textured and immensely powerful, with huge drive through a long, blue/black fruit, iron ore and spice finish.  Decant and grill up some lamb right now.  Or in 2025.  Or 2035.  Etc.

Regular Price (1) Price : $199.99/ea
Sale Single Bottle (1): $164.98/ea
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En Numeros Vermells Carinyena Quasi Centenaria 2015 Product #32211 (In Stock)
En Numeros Vermells Carinyena Quasi Centenaria 2015 En Numeros Vermells Carinyena Quasi Centenaria 2015

No point in overselling this one, because Silvia made only 654 bottles and Jonas only got 300 (and both he and I have kept some back for ourselves).  “Quasi Centenaria” roughly translates to “about 100 years old,” a reference to this gnarly old Carignan vineyard planted right around 1919.  The vines grow on two steep, rock-covered, slopes, one facing north and the other south, located in the heart of Priorat.  Given the age of the vines, the lack of water, extreme heat, and absence of nutrients in the soil, these vines struggle to give 300 grams of fruit per bush – enough for about two-thirds of a bottle per vine.

The wine is rich and long and astonishing, not so much for its intensity of blue/black fruit, chocolate and spice, which you’d expect from such old vines growing in a place like this, as it is for the amazing freshness.  It’s youthfully closed now – tasting it reminds me of trying to understand young Guigal La Las – but you can sense the depth of fruit and appreciate the “iron fist in velvet glove” power already.  A remarkable wine to leave along until 2020 and drink for decades to come.

Regular Price (1) Price : $169.99/ea
Sale Single Bottle (1): $149.98/ea
Sale Half Case (6): $139.98/ea
Sale Full Case (12): $129.98/ea
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En Numeros Vermells Pedro Ximenez Blanca 2016 Product #32212 (In Stock)
En Numeros Vermells Pedro Ximenez Blanca 2016 En Numeros Vermells Pedro Ximenez Blanca 2016

300 bottles made; 150 imported.  Here’s a rarity at multiple levels – you don’t find many dry wines made from Sherry’s choice of sweet wine grapes.  And you certainly don’t find any I know of this great – and won’t find much of this one anywhere!  She managed to source just enough grapes to fill one barrel with juice for fermentation and 4 months aging before finishing the wine in stainless steel.

If you remember Silvia’s PX from her former Vinedos de Ithaca estate, this represents a stylistic change, emphasizing freshness and vigor over richness and almost oily texture.  Fantastic aromas of exotic flowers, white peach, grainy pear, fennel frond and lemon verbena with similar flavors that almost quiver and vibrate with energy in the mouth.  Plenty of depth and intensity here leading to a long, supremely fresh, finish of pear, peach, crunchy fennel, lemon and more lingering on and on.  A stellar match for sushi, shrimp salad, cold scallops, or summer nights.

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En Numeros Vermells Garnaxta Blanca 2016 Product #32213 (In Stock)
En Numeros Vermells Garnaxta Blanca 2016 En Numeros Vermells Garnaxta Blanca 2016

1,171 bottles made; 804 imported.  The 2015 edition of Silvia Puig’s white Grenache was easily the best wine from this tricky grape I’d ever tasted.  The 2016 edition is better.  A warm, very dry, season pushed yields and berry sizes down with corresponding gains in both richness and structure and the combination of fermenting in open top oak barrels and aging in stainless steel accentuates both.

The best word to describe the 2016 edition is one I’d never thought to use for Garnaxta Blanca:  precision.  Fragrances and flavors of white peach, fresh pear, tart pineapple, sliced almond and just a hint of honey jump from the glass and coat your mouth.  Both the palate and finish are wondrously long, with a dusty slate minerality appearing in the middle and gaining strength and breadth on the mouthwatering, pineapple and tangerine, finish.  I’m really not sure how this could possibly be better – although that’s what I thought about the 2015, too.

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Sale Half Case (6): $36.98/ea
Sale Full Case (12): $34.98/ea
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