September 3, 2014
Enologist Sara Perez is a shining star in the Montsant DO in Spain and we’re long time fans. We’re thrilled to offer two new labels from her as we transition into fall!
Sara moved to Priorat with her winemaking parents thirty or so years ago, and now, alongside her husband Rene Barbier (a rock star winemaker in his own right) and their beautiful baby, makes some truly outstanding wines under her family’s Mas Martinet and her own Venus La Universal labels.
Mas Sorrer, Montsant 2011
A blend of Cabernet, Merlot, and Syrah, we were absolutely wowed by this wine at first sip- and then we heard the price! Boasting incredible balance and concentration, with a beautiful finish, this is a real stunner for just sixteen bucks! Lil made this her staff pick the second it came in, and soon after every single one of us on the Dandy team fell crazy in love (and drunk in love) with this wine. And believe me, finding something we all agree on so whole-heartedly is no small feat. Crowd pleasing, full of character, AND affordable? We’re not messing around. $16
Menut, Priorat 2010
Dark and brooding, with an uplifting spiciness and incredible finesse, Menut graced our shelves several years ago and we’re thrilled to have it back! In fact, this is one of the first wines I brought in when I started here over 4 years ago, and it was my very first staff pick! I think my main selling point at the time was “Bird label”, but the virtues of this awesome Priorat are really what’s on the inside of the bottle: a gorgeous blend of Grenache and Merlot that’s an incredibly elegant choice for your next dinner party, whether you’re the host or a guest. This wine pairs wonderfully with a variety of foods- hearty fall veg, delicate beef dishes… and is meant to be shared with people you love. $23