A white wine from Priorat
My wife and I spent another lovely evening on MON with our Greek friends serving a delicious home made dinner. Christiana, our host, prepares by far some of the best dishes ever. I am her biggest fan. Last night we visited them with the clear and declared intention to learn her recipe of pasta with prawns in a champagne and saffron sauce. Unfortunately I was busy discussing wines and different stuff with the guys so it is my wife the one initiated in the secrets of the saffron pasta. Therefore I cannot share with you the recipe. Yet.
The food was extremely good with a very rich salad with dried tomatoes, sultanas, small toasted bread, green salad leaves, Parmesan, some herbs and a mix of honey, balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
The pasta was even better. I have to admit that the wine we had this evening was a better match to the salad than it was for the pasta. The honeyed flavors in the wine were matched by the sweet sultanas and honey from the salad.
The wine came into my possession from abroad and it is a white wine from Priorat, Spain. Priorat is a region/appellation close to Barcelona that is famous for its reds. The reds are usually blends of the same type of grapes as in the South of France: Grenache Noir, Mourvedre, Syrah plus some local and International varieties. It is the first time I try a white wine from Priorat. I have to try more for sure.
Produced by a well established and iconic producer from Priorat: Clos Mogador famous for its reds, the Clos Nelin, our wine for dinner is a blend of Garnacha Blanca-Viognier-Marsanne-Macabeo and Pinot Noir. Probably the Pinot Noir is vinified in white. I wonder if Recas wineries got their inspiration from Spain when they decided to make the Solo Quinta cuvee that uses also a red grape variety blended with 3-4 different white varieties. I know that their winemaker’s wife also makes wine in Spain in Rioja. That’s food for thought.
The color is pinkish gold-amber. The nose is tight when the wine is cold but as it gets warmer, honey and orange peel make a distinctive nose. In the mouth the wine is rich, fat, spicy, fragrant with honeyed and exotic spices, nice fresh citrus fruits flavors, medium to full bodied, overall a complex and great mouth feel even if it has a low acidity. The finish is medium and intense with a spicy fresh aftertaste. This is a dry wine. 90 points
A great and balanced wine with 14% alc that develops complex flavors served warmer at room temperature.
We really enjoyed the food, the wine and the great company of our friends last night. Let’s hope every night will be like this.
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