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Date Printed: 11/1/2014
Nita  2010
Nita 2010
(search item no. 123502)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/1/2014: $23.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Like the bright red ruby the color of this wine resembles, Nita is a rare gem from the Spanish appellation of Priorat. Crisp, clean and bright in color, this wine has a juicy entry that is supported by delicate minerality and a round, smooth finish.

This easy-to-drink wine is the perfect accompaniment to a variety of dishes including BBQ, Chinese, Italian and American cuisine.

Blend: 45% Garnacha, 35% Cariñena, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Syrah

My Notes:

Additional wines from Nita:

  • 2011 (search item no. 129389)

About Nita:

Nita is a rare gem from Priorat, a region typically known for its concentrated barrel-aged reds, because it is one of the only unoaked "vino jovens," or young wines, made in this famous appellation. The creation of young winemaker Maritxell Palleja, Nita retains all the characteristic minerality of a Priorat wine, while showcasing the dense fruit flavors of old-vine Garnacha and Cariñena.

Maritxell Palleja is the third generation of her family to have been raised in Priorat, where her great-grandmother Anita built their first family home, “Cal Nita,” the namesake of this wine. After finishing her undergraduate degree in agricultural engineering, Palleja spent a harvest and crush in the Napa Valley and in Bordeaux. She then returned to Priorat and became assistant enologist for Alvaro Palacios, before obtaining her graduate degree in enology and creating her own label, Nita. Palleja carefully selects old-vine Garnacha and Cariñena grapes from the steep, slate-covered vineyards, where low yields produce wines of great expression and complexity. A biodynamic producer, Palleja aligns her vineyard management with lunar and seasonal cycles.