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2005 Meritxell Palleja Nita

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They say that August and September are our rainy seasons in Catalunya, but after the past four days of continual rain, I’m guessing that October will give the weather forecasters a run for their money. The mornings have brought waves upon waves of thick heavy clouds rolling over the mountains, a tidal wave of humidity. It’s breathtaking in the morning, and a bit humbling, recognizing how majestic and uncontrollable nature is. By the afternoon, the clouds have built upon themselves forming a thick suffocating white blanket over your head, and by 3pm, truck loads of water begin to fall, creating a melancholy feeling in our house.

I love rain. I love the cozy, comfortable feeling it brings, but when deciding which Spanish wine we should try on the fourth day of overcast, you’re thinking tequila and a piñata. Fortunately, our tequila stock is non-existent, so instead, we chose the most attractive and quirky bottle on our shelf, the 2005 Mertixell Palleja Nita.

Mertixell Palleja is a small winemaker in the Priorat who named her first biodynamic wine after her grandmother’s home, Cal Nita. The ornate bouquet of flowers set upon the off white label looks Russian in its design with simple black lines outlining red and gold petals. Different from any other label of seen from the Priorat, not only for its classy design, but for its purpose: to drink the wine on the lunar cycle of fruit or flower. And to be honest, I don’t know what this means. Which days are categorized as “flower” days and which are “fruit” days. Nor do I know where to find this information. I’ve hunted several websites not only looking for information on the winemaker, herself, but also on the lunar calendar. But unfortunately, I seem to continually come up empty handed on both accounts.

What I did find was Meritxell’s phone number, not to a bodega, but to her. Although she was gracious and cordial when chatting with me, she made it clear that my timing couldn’t be more appropriate, leading me to wonder if the number wasn’t her cell. She did, however, promise to send more information on both herself and the wine, which I will promptly post when it zips through my mailbox.

The 2005 Nita was absolutely gorgeous, fragrant and inviting. Made with 45% Garnacha, 35% Cariñena, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Syrah, the color is clear deep cranberry red. So intense is the color that it almost appears metallic with a gorgeous aromas of lavender, black cherry, plum and white pepper with subtle aromas of both violet and wet slate. Enticing, bright acidity, firm tannins and medium body integrate seamlessly, showing black earth, dark red fruit and gentle spices on the palate.

Although it is currently confined to Spain at around 10 Euros, I truly hope it will venture its way across borders in the near future.

Cheers,
Gabriella

    2005 Meritxell Palleja Priorat Nita – Spain, Catalunya, Priorat (10/4/2007)
    Garnacha 45%, Cariñena 35%, Cabernet Sauvignon 15%, Syrah 5%
    Clear, brilliant, deep cranberry red. So intense it almost appears metallic with a gorgeous aromas of lavender, raspberry, black cherry, and white pepper, with subtle aromas of both violet and wet slate. Enticing, bright acidity, firm tannins and medium body integrate seamlessly, showing black earth, dark red fruit and gentle spices on the palate. This wine is enjoyable with or without food, as an aperitif with cheese or in conjunction with your main meal, such as white meat or pasta.
  • Bill

    G, The composition of this wine sounds interesting. Has Ryan rigged up a tarp over the grill? Or have you moved on to indoor comfort food already? BB

  • Bill

    G,

    The composition of this wine sounds interesting. Has Ryan rigged up a tarp over the grill? Or have you moved on to indoor comfort food already?

    BB

  • Serge Lescouarnec

    Gabriella I am looking forward to participating in Wine Blogging Wednesday #38 on Portuguese Wines. I will mention the Event and your Blog on <a href="Serge ” target=”_blank”>http://www.sergetheconcierge.com“>Serge the Concierge later today. I must say that until recently I had not paid much attention to wines from Portugal. I started to remedy to that. Take care Serge'The French Guy from New Jersey'

  • Serge Lescouarnec

    Gabriella I am looking forward to participating in Wine Blogging Wednesday #38 on Portuguese Wines. I will mention the Event and your Blog on <a href="Serge ” target=”_blank”>http://www.sergetheconcierge.com“>Serge the Concierge later today. I must say that until recently I had not paid much attention to wines from Portugal. I started to remedy to that. Take care Serge'The French Guy from New Jersey'

  • Serge Lescouarnec

    Gabriella I am looking forward to participating in Wine Blogging Wednesday #38 on Portuguese Wines. I will mention the Event and your Blog on <a href="Serge ” target=”_blank”>http://www.sergetheconcierge.com“>Serge the Concierge later today. I must say that until recently I had not paid much attention to wines from Portugal. I started to remedy to that. Take care Serge'The French Guy from New Jersey'

  • http://www.sergetheconcierge.com Serge Lescouarnec

    Gabriella

    I am looking forward to participating in Wine Blogging Wednesday #38 on Portuguese Wines.

    I will mention the Event and your Blog on Serge the Concierge later today.

    I must say that until recently I had not paid much attention to wines from Portugal.

    I started to remedy to that.

    Take care

    Serge
    ‘The French Guy from New Jersey’

  • Gabriella

    Hey Bill, Ironic that you mentioned the tarp over the grill because we had a good friend over last night for yet another, spiritual grilling session. Sadly, the storm just wasn't very considerate of our intended wine tasting and picnic on the roof, so we took to the indoors instead. Maybe we should have put an enormous tarp over the roof! I will say that my husband threw down last night with a unbelievably delicious meal! I'd give you the details, but I think it deserves a post of its own. Serge, I'm glad you like the post, and we look forward to your contribution! BTW how many French guys are there in NJ? :-)

  • http://www.catavino.net Gabriella

    Hey Bill,
    Ironic that you mentioned the tarp over the grill because we had a good friend over last night for yet another, spiritual grilling session. Sadly, the storm just wasn’t very considerate of our intended wine tasting and picnic on the roof, so we took to the indoors instead. Maybe we should have put an enormous tarp over the roof! I will say that my husband threw down last night with a unbelievably delicious meal! I’d give you the details, but I think it deserves a post of its own.

    Serge,
    I’m glad you like the post, and we look forward to your contribution! BTW how many French guys are there in NJ? :-)

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