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Staff Pick

Primitivo Quiles "Raspay" Tinto - 2012

Item # 22203 750mL
$24.96/ Single Bottle
$299.52 $269.57/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

Made from low-yielding 100% Monastrell grapes grown in this exceptional winemaking region. It is produced in small quantities using traditional techniques before being aged in old oak barrels and then, for a longer period, in bottle. A dark, intense wine in an oxidized style, so it's not for everyone, but an amazing experience, reminiscent of Chinato.


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Staff Pick Notes

This has been one of my favorite Spanish wines for many years! In fact, it is not made every year. The Quiles family only makes this wine in excellent vintages. It hails from the oldest bodega in the Alicante region and perfectly expresses the terroir of limestone rich soil and a hot, dry climate regulated by a mild, Mediterranean breeze. On the nose, you'll observe right away that this is an earthy wine, with notes of leather and tobacco up front. Just below, you'll also discover black olive, fig, dried red cherry and a signature touch of (intentional) oxidation, giving the wine a slightly tawny character. The savory character of the Raspay lends itself to many pairings, but braised meats and assertive cheeses come to mind first. Take a chance on this wine. It is a one of a kind!

- DY

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Monastrell

A Spanish synonym for the dark-skinned Mourvèdre grape.