Yossie Horwitz recommends Peraj Ha’Abib 2010 as one of the best wines tasted in 2012

Yossie's Wine Recommendations… it is time for my annual rating of the best wines I tasted in 2012
Capçanes, Peraj Ha’abib, Flor de Primavera, Monsant, 2010:  After a seemingly one-off more restrained profile (ala the La Flor) with the 2009 vintage (that had equal percentages of the three grapes, in a slight deviation from the 2008 and this vintage), the latest vintage of my favorite Spanish wine is once again big, bold and bombastic with its traditional extracted complexity and powerful elegance readily evident at first sip. A blend this year of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Grenache and 30% Carignan with 14.8% alcohol and aged in French oak for 12 months, this is a blockbuster of a wine that needs time but will shine in the years to come. A somewhat muted nose of black forest fruit, delightful spices, rich oak and tannin with Capçanes traditional roasted espresso and dark chocolate overtones that takes some time in the glass top open up and reveal its charms. A tight and dense palate of ripe fruits, more toasty oak and mouth coating tannins shows graceful balance behind its robust bite, all of which hint at the pleasure to come.  A lingering and near-sweet finish rounds out this treat. This wine needs another 8 months before it will be ready for prime time after which is should cellar nicely through 2020, likely longer.

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