Bodegas Zerran Tinto 2011
Red Blends from Spain
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Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
This is a new wine from Jorge Ordonez from the region of Montsant with soils just like it's neighbor, Priorat. Zerran Tinto is made from Syrah and very old Garnacha vines and Carignan (aka Mazuelo) aged 16 months in French oak. The red has very concentrated black fruit flavors and overtones of crushed stone.
"Even more so is the 2011 Zerran, which ratchets up the level of concentration and ripe fruit. It reveals abundant kirsch, lavender, black raspberry and dusty, loamy, earthy scents intermixed with notions of spring flowers and blackberries. There is not any oak evident in this dense effort. Its completeness and overall equilibrium are impressive... "
The Wine Advocate
"Vivid purple. Aromas of black raspberry, spicecake and musky herbs, with a smoky topnote. Densely packed and youthful, with spicy dark berry flavors accented by cracked pepper and a touch of candied violet. Tannins build on the zesty finish, which shows refreshing bitterness and a touch of boysenberry."
International Wine Cellar
Smooth & Supple
Absolutely awesome if you get it at a bit of a discount. Good with everything!
Smooth & Supple
Tomato dishes, Herby Pastas, Lamb or Goat
A fruit bomb but I like it. Dark purple-red, very clean, clear saturated. Medium body, leggy. Nice medium sized nose with amazing tones The Grenache is almost like French Gamays, the Syrah is prominent, there is the very fresh aroma like newly fermented wine plus pomegranate and floral tones rather like roses, camelias? Just lovely. The flavors are big and complex but youthful. The balance is very fruit forward; if this wine has any fault it is that the fruit is huge and the acid is just barely adequate although there is enough acid for a bright, clean overall impression. There's a stout tannin backbone but it isn't harsh, just robust. I'd compare this to a BIG appellation Beaujolais or a very fresh, lively Rhone wine. It is very drinkable now, will improve for a few years and could hold a decade or two. I'd give it five stars except the fruit acid balance is so so so fruit forward - if you like very fruity reds you'll love this, if you're more attuned to classical Bordeaux/Burgundy balance you might find it rather candy-like but at the price, try it!
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Learn About Bodegas Zerran
This winery is a project of Jorge Ordonez and associates. The D.O. Montsant is a horse shoe shaped appellation that surrounds the DO Priorat on three sides. It should have been included in the Priorat appellation but was excluded when it was designated for economic reasons. The winery is located near the town of Capcanes next to a nature reserve park. Despite the proximity to the Mediterranean, this high elevation location (500-600m) is buffered by a series of mountains. The soils are similar to Priorat with Montsant being a bit more complex with a mixture of slate, sandy clay and chalk.
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