2017 Familia Nin-Ortiz Planetes de Nin
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale: $39.94 (was: $49.94)*
No Spanish winemaking duo generates quite as much excitement as that of Clos Erasmus’ Ester Nin, and her husband/partner Carles Ortiz. Their family label is rapidly becoming one of the top producers of boutique, biodynamic reds in Southern Europe, and today’s 95pt estate grown Garnacha blend is available here at the lowest price in the US.
'Planetes de Nin' is their estate cuvee from a vineyard they developed from the ground up, planted to Garnacha and Cariñena. Priorat may be well known for big, bombastic reds, but the cooler east facing vineyard and the dry, low yielding 2017 vintage has provided a wine of “depth and harmony” (Wine Advocate) that promises to be one of the most elegant in Priorat. With 95pts from the Wine Advocate, this superlative Garnacha blend is a must have for fans of top Spanish reds!
Ester Nin is one of the most in demand winemakers in Spain, having come from Clos i Terrases, the winery behind Clos Erasmus (Spain’s first 100 pointer). With Familia Nin-Ortiz, the duo of Nin and Ortiz is producing “characterful wines, among the best in Priorat” (Wine Advocate), and this is their signature cuvee. Aged only in large oak casks and amphora, and fermented with indigenous yeasts, the 2017 ‘Planetes de Nin’ is definitely showing the greater complexity and balance that comes with maturing vines, and given the price of Clos Erasmus is well north of $100, this is an extraordinary price for a benchmark Priorat from Ester Nin!
95 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2017 Planetes de Nin comes from the four hectares of 20-year-old Garnacha and 11-year-old Cariñena in the Planetes vineyard in Porrera at 450 meters in altitude. It's 60% Garnacha (some of it Peluda) and the rest Cariñena, harvested early. It fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured in 3,200-liter oak vats and one 1,000-liter amphora for 17 months. It has depth and harmony, and the vines are getting older and seem to be better and better balanced. This is not that different from the 2016; it feels quite stable and has its style and character...." - Luis Gutierrez
*Offer publication date October 26, 2020. Pricing and availability subject to change.