Originally posted by Italian Wino:
The Seleccio Especial I believe is all Carignan rather than a blend and sells for almost twice the price of the regular. I believe the suggested retail is about $50 and the Especial is about $90. If you are interested in it I can get you some of the 2011 for mid $80s.
Here is the WA 95pt TN
The special selection, which is also produced with old vines like the current release, the 2011 Selecció Especial is pure Cariñena from the cooler part of the village of Porrera that ferments in oak vats and ages in barrique for 18 months. Compared with the other cuvée, there are more spices here, some vanilla and cinnamon along with heady fruit and flower aromas. The palate has very intense flavors, a powerful wine reflecting the austerity of Priorat and the richness of the vintage, resulting in a difficult combination of power and elegance, with good balance. The tannins are very sophisticated and I'm sure they are ultra careful with this wine (and with the others!) as both Sergi Ferrer-Salat and Raül Bobet pay attention to every small detail. It shows. Another proof that Cariñena behaved better in the torrid and dry 2011. A triumph for the vintage! 2,950 bottles produced.
IW, if you do bring in a case, I will take 3 or 4. Just text me so I don't miss out, please.