Whenever I’m asked, “What was your favorite….”, I end up looking a bit starry eyed, clueless as to how I can answer the question sincerely. Life is compilation of experiences, both good and bad, and to narrow down your rich treasured moments to a single point in time is both daunting and elusive to me. However, far be it for me to hold back on an experience that touched both Ryan and I this summer.
One of our favorite experiences was visiting DO Montsant to partake in a tasting of approximately 80 wines, most of which were both surprising and distinct in character. Having visited the region on several occasions, focusing most of our attention on the Priorat, our knowledge of the Montsant wines were minimal at best. And if anything, we went there with several preconceived ideas, in much the same way we did with Rioja, believing that the wines would be of lesser quality or simply repetitive of the surrounding area. However, like most fantastic and memorable experiences, our assumptions were incorrect, and fortunately replaced with a more realistic and exciting version of the truth.
That said, one of our favorite moments was not only tasting a wide range of Samso and Garnatxa barrel samples with architect and owner of Portal de Montsant, Alfredo Arribes, but also savoring his 2008 Barrel Fermented Santbru White, made with 80% White Grenache, 15%Â Macabeo and 5% Chardonnay. The wine showed amazing white floral notes encircled by rich and creamy aromas of orange and lemon zest. In the mouth, the wine was full and fresh with zesty acidity, good structure and a lingering mineral citrus finish. Considering the wine spent 5 months in French oak barrels, the wood blended seamlessly into the wine, showing once more how DO Montsant is an exciting and high quality wine region.
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