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Espectacle Del Montsant Wine 2018

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Vintage: 2018
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    The Espectacle Del Montsant Wine 2018 gleams with a bright, diaphanous color, showcasing purple hues that hint at its youthful vigor. Upon pouring, it immediately captivates with subtle aromas of ripe black fruit, setting the stage for an olfactory journey like no other. As the wine breathes, it unfurls a tapestry of scents – from rose and orange blossom to delicate violet notes, each adding layers to its intricate aroma profile.

    Nestled in the heart of Spain’s picturesque Montsant region, Espectacle winery presents its 2018 vintage, a wine that truly lives up to its name, offering an ‘espectacle’ for the senses. Crafted by the talented winemaker René Barbier in collaboration with consulting winemaker Christopher Cannan, this wine is a testament to the duo’s dedication and expertise.

    The scenic landscape that surrounds Priorat and its neighboring Montsant, the vineyard planted by the esteemed René Barbier in La Figuera stands as a testament to the art of winemaking. On this hallowed ground, where limestone soil predominates, the essence of an outstanding wine begins its journey. The soil type, rich and conducive to viticulture, supports the growth of Grenache Blanc among other varietals, each contributing to the unique character of the region’s offerings. René Barbier, a name synonymous with pioneering winemaking in Priorat DOQ and its environs, utilizes large French oak vats at Clos Mogador to nurture the wine to perfection. Here, amidst the rugged beauty that is the backdrop of Montsant and Priorat, you’ll find wines that encapsulate the essence of the land.

    Sipping this wine is an exploration of taste that matches its aromatic complexity. The cooler year of 2018 allowed for slow ripeness, resulting in a wine with a stunning 16% alcohol content that doesn’t feel heavy. Instead, it’s full-bodied yet elegant, with gentler, rounder tannins that dance on the palate. The taste evolves, revealing notes of cereals, kirsch, orange peel, and an array of spices and herbs, showcasing an opulent depth and complexity that’s rare and captivating.

    Critically acclaimed and adored, the 2018 vintage has garnered a remarkable 98 points from Wine Advocate, praised for its slow-developing nuances, complexity, and polished elegance. Wine & Spirits awarded it 92 points, highlighting its grace, detailed spring-flower scents, and juicy dark red grenache flavors, all testament to the meticulous care in farming and winemaking. This Del Montsant wine exemplifies the harmony between nature and craftsmanship, making it a treasure of the Espectacle wines collection.

    A Montsant wine through and through, the 2018 Espectacle Del Montsant Wine is more than just a beverage; it’s an experience, a journey through the senses. It’s a wine that’s not only ready to enjoy now but also promises to evolve and delight if cellared, showcasing the stamina and potential for even greater complexity over time.

    In the landscape of Espectacle wines, the 2018 Del Montsant wine stands out for its blend of tradition and innovation, a creation that speaks volumes of the region’s unique terroir and the visionary minds of René Barbier and Christopher Cannan. It is a wine that embodies the essence of Montsant, offering an opulent, full, and deeply complex character that is sure to mesmerize and enchant all who have the pleasure of tasting it.

    2 reviews for Espectacle Del Montsant Wine 2018

    1. WA

      As with other wines, I also tasted the 2018 Espectacle del Montsant next to the 2017 to catch up, as I last tasted the region some 16 months ago. 2018 was a cooler year of slow ripeness, and the grapes achieved an amazing 16% alcohol. The wine is truly spectacular, true to its name. It has tons of violet notes and aromatic herbs, the palate is gentler, and the tannins are rounder, polished and elegant. It has full body but isn’t heavy. There is a lot of complexity, and the wine developed slowly in the glass, showing nuances of cereals, kirsch, orange peel and lots of spices and herbs. It’s opulent and full, deep and complex. Amazing in its style.

    2. WAS

      René Barbier makes this wine in collaboration with a team including Christopher Cannan of Europvin. It grows on a steep hillside with centenary garnacha vines in the village of La Figuera, the fruit fermented and aged in large French oak vats. The care in farming and winemaking show in the wine’s grace and detail, in its pretty strawberry-seed tannins and spring-flower scents. Dark red grenache flavors come up from underneath, juicy and plump. A young wine with stamina, ready to enjoy or to cellar.

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    WA 98
    Wine Advocate
    As with other wines, I also tasted the 2018 Espectacle del Montsant next to the 2017 to catch up, as I last tasted the region some 16 months ago. 2018 was a cooler year of slow ripeness, and the grapes achieved an amazing 16% alcohol. The wine is truly spectacular, true to its name. It has tons of violet notes and aromatic herbs, the palate is gentler, and the tannins are rounder, polished and elegant. It has full body but isn't heavy. There is a lot of complexity, and the wine developed slowly in the glass, showing nuances of cereals, kirsch, orange peel and lots of spices and herbs. It's opulent and full, deep and complex. Amazing in its style.
    WAS 94
    Wine & Spirits
    René Barbier makes this wine in collaboration with a team including Christopher Cannan of Europvin. It grows on a steep hillside with centenary garnacha vines in the village of La Figuera, the fruit fermented and aged in large French oak vats. The care in farming and winemaking show in the wine’s grace and detail, in its pretty strawberry-seed tannins and spring-flower scents. Dark red grenache flavors come up from underneath, juicy and plump. A young wine with stamina, ready to enjoy or to cellar.

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