The best wine tasted was Bodegas Viña Magaña Merlot 2005. Merlot is not normally made as a single varietal in Spain so this is very special. The vines originate from Chateau Petrus cuttings so the grapes definitely have a pedigree. There have only been three vintages created, only in special years. This is a lush, floral, fruity, structured wine with some exotic spice. It has aging potential or can be drunk now. Excellent!
A very good upcoming area is Montsant- it surrounds Priorat and has a higher altitude. Bodegas Falset Marca makes great old vine Garnacha and blends. Their Etim L'Esparver is the premium with strength, fruit, and structure.
A great dessert wine smash hit is made by Bodegas Viños Piñol- 90% Garnacha Old Vine and 10% Syrah. It has great raisin, dark cherry, and earthy truffle scents and flavors. The silky syrupy texture rolls on your palate and will go great with chocolate or even a cigar.
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