2005 Meritxell Palleja Priorat Nita

Grenache Blend

  • Spain
  • Catalunya
  • Priorat
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Community Tasting Notes 29

  • Dr_Bob Likes this wine: 94 points

    May 8, 2016 - Aged at 53 degrees constant; decanted 2hours. Absolutely fabulous wine. Loads of fruit balanced with a mild tannic backbone. Years to go.

  • WetRock wrote:

    March 18, 2014 - Still showing a lot of fruit in lieu of secondary characters. Not a ton of complexity and I'm not sure the depth is here for great development. It didn't feel very fleshy even though the fruit flavors were still prominent so I'm guessing it's turning the corner on it's aging curve towards a leaner feeling more secondary wine.

  • cbbrown3 wrote: 92 points

    August 13, 2013 - The wine is a deep, dark ruby color, almost purple. The very nice nose is full of minerals, cherries, blackberries, dried herbs, dried earth, well worn leather, vanilla, black pepper, licorice, and wild flowers. This has medium body, fairly solid tannins, and very good acidity. On the palate the cherries and minerals hit first, followed by dried herbs, crushed berries, and black pepper. On the back end and finish dried earth elements emerge and take center stage, especially on the fairly long finish. This is drinking very nicely, but should last for at least a few more years in the cellar.

  • cbbrown3 wrote: 92 points

    November 18, 2012 - The wine is a ruby red color, much lighter at the edge. The old school nose features crushed rocks, blackberries, scorched earth, dried herbs, licorice, leather, tobacco, underbrush, and dried flowers. This has medium body with sold tannins and very good acidity. On the palate the initial fruitiness is quickly brushed out of the way by solid minerality, dried herbs, and earthy elements. The long finish leans on the savory elements with the fruit in the background. The finish is like a mouthful of crushed stones and dried herbs with one solitary blackberry providing some sweetness. This is still on the young side but if you don't mind solid tannins, it's in a great place right now.

  • Canuckgiver wrote: 89 points

    July 22, 2012 - Smooth, with the Grenache spice adding character, but not heat. Went well with Tapas

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  • By Jon Rimmerman
    10/3/2007 (link)

    (NITA Priorat) Nita Dear Friends, The Beatles wanted a revolution and Maritxell Palleja has started one without even trying. This is one of those “when it rains it pours” weeks, first the Pyramid Valley and now this, one of the highlights of my last two trips to Europe and a wine I’ve been trying to secure since last year at this time. With a circuitous structure of importation about to unfold for this winery, the time was now to take advantage of one of the lowest prices I’ve seen on Priorat since the wines first hit the market twenty years ago. Let’s face it, when a wine is fairly inexpensive in Spain, it shouldn’t be three times as much in the US and thankfully they realize this. Quantities on this item are very small but the wine deserves a full report as it is one of the more special vinous treats being produced in Europe. The Nita is made by Maritxell Palleja and she is one of the young beacons of energy, passion and talent in Europe - she reminds me of Spain’s answer to a young Silvia Imparato of Montevetrano and that should be evidence enough of her merit. She is not a gold-digger or chaser of monetary fame and fortune - she is a third generation resident of Priorat and she knows the hills and backwater stashes of vines as well as anyone. Ask Rene’ Barbier or Alvaro Palacios who the best young winemaker in Priorat is and I think I know what they will tell you. While they came to this region to make Priorat a wine on par with the best of France, Maritxell is set to make Priorat on par with the best of her modern, free-thinking generation and the best in the world. She is doing so with a philosophy that would have seemed heretic a few years ago - no oak (almost unheard of in Priorat), no sauce, no over-done clown shows yet somehow the wine is still just as extracted, deep and full of the intense soil tone that this region has become synonymous with. These are quite admirable traits but the real showstopper is the price - one that Maritxell’s grandmother would have approved of (this wine is named for her). In Maritxell’s world, Priorat should be affordable (so people her age can buy it, not just the world’s top collectors) and so it is. Maybe she won’t make a lot of money on this wine but that was never her motivation to begin with. The 2005 Nita has not only one of the more beautiful wine labels you will come across but it has everything in the bottle as well. From extremely low yielding old-vine Garnacha and Carignan (I believe 60-100 years of age), this wine is full to the brim with dark fruit, minerals, impact and (for lack of a better term) magic (it is even better after 2-3 hours of air). This wine is beautifully complicated, complex and full of energy. Maybe Maritxell has an unfair advantage (she was involved with producing Alvaro Palacios’ L’Ermita and Finca Dofi as his assistant) but she’s taken her training and put it into her own expression of her homeland all without any new oak, high prices or marketing games (this wine is also 100% biodynamic). What makes this wine truly unique is that it will score with the critics just as it will score with the coolio set trying to be different. There is little doubt in my mind that when this wine is reviewed in the US next year it will be put on a pedestal like the early wines of the region. In my opinion, taking price/value, philosophy, non-interventionist/biodynamic principles and (like it or not) the fact that she is a young woman working in a man’s world into account, the 2005 Nita ranks as one of the more important wines from the 2005 vintage from anywhere in the world. One of the least desirable aspects to what I do is the interpretation of something as a sales pitch or hype to sell something when that is not the intention. We’ve survived to this point without ever advertising (not once) and we feel fortunate when each and every one of you believes in something we find enough to try it. That being said, if you’ve been on a wine buying moratorium, now’s the time to break the silence. ONE SHIPMENT ONLY directly from the winery cellar 2005 Nita (Maritxell Palleja) Priorat Thank you, Jon Rimmerman Garagiste Seattle, WA Spain2250

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2005
  • Type Red
  • Producer Meritxell Palleja
  • Varietal Grenache Blend
  • Designation Nita
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Spain
  • Region Catalunya
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation Priorat

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  • In Cellars 110 (35%)
  • Consumed 208 (65%)

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