2014 Bodegas Jorge Ordonez Zerran

Year: 2014
Appellation: Montsant
Country: Spain
Wine Spectator: 89
Wine Advocate: 88
Vinous Media: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$12.95

"This aromatic red delivers lively flavors of cherry, kirsch, fresh herbs and vanilla in a creamy texture, supported by well-integrated tannins and sweet-tart acidity. Generous and lively. Garnacha, Mazuelo and Syrah. Drink now through 2022. 2,000 cases made. –TM " (WS)

"The red wine, the 2014 Zerran is made primarily from Old Vine Grenache and Carignan, with some younger-vine Syrah in the mix. Coming from a high elevation vineyard at 1,500-1,800 feet above sea level, the wine is aged ten months in two- to three-year-old French oak barrels prior to bottling. This shows plenty of damp earth, new saddle leather, black cherry and black currant fruit with licorice, kirsch and wet stones. It is medium-bodied and an excellent value. Drink now through 2019.

Jorge Ordoñez has invested significantly in vineyards throughout Spain, and I've listed all of the wines that appear under his name and are under $25 values. Most of these offer exceptional value and are well-made wines from extremely old vines and some of the best vineyards in Spain." (WA)

"(fermented in stainless steel tanks and then aged for ten months in used French oak barriques): Opaque purple. Fresh black and blue fruit aromas are sharpened by a smoky mineral nuance and a sexy flourish of fresh lavender. Sappy and seamless in texture, offering juicy boysenberry flavors and a jolt of enlivening minerality. Finishes silky, precise and very long, with lingering florality and harmonious tannins. There's pretty remarkable value here." (VM)

A $12.95 HEARTY WINING BLEND FROM MONTSANT IN SOUTHERN SPAIN 2014 ZERRAN, from BODEGAS ORDONEZ

This $12.95 (normally $16/$18) hearty winner of a wine is from the ancient Mediterranean wine area now called Montsant. It’s a fascinating blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Carignan (here called Mazuello) and 10% Syrah.

I can do no better in describing this wine then quote the noted critic Antonio Galloni when he writes in his publication Vinous, that this wine is, “(fermented in stainless steel tanks and then aged for ten months in used French oak barriques): Opaque purple. Fresh black and blue fruit aromas are sharpened by a smoky mineral nuance and a sexy flourish of fresh lavender. Sappy and seamless in texture, offering juicy boysenberry flavors and a jolt of enlivening minerality. Finishes silky, precise and very long, with lingering florality and harmonious tannins. There's pretty remarkable value here."

Quite ready to drink and should keep well for around three plus years.

RATING: 91

PRICE: $12.95

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.

(Martin's Guide to Wine Bargains)

Winery Notes:
This winery is a project of Jorge Ordonez and associates. The D.O. Montsant is a horse shoe shaped appellation that surrounds the DO Priorat on three sides. It should have been included in the Priorat appellation but was excluded when it was designated for economic reasons. The winery is located near the town of Capcanes next to a nature reserve park. Despite the proximity to the Mediterranean, this high elevation location (500-600m) is buffered by a series of mountains. The soils are similar to Priorat with Montsant being a bit more complex with a mixture of slate, sandy clay and chalk.

The winery owns 9.88 acres of very old vine Garnacha and Carinena (Mazuelo). The vineyards were planted between 1932 and 1942