The 2005 vintage of Pegaso sit somewhere in between the 2003 and 2005. It has the rich fruit and character of the 03 with the subtlety and herbal aspects of the 2004. Both of these previous vintages were a bit polarising, people either preferredthe 03 or 04 (myself included, I liked the 03). This 2005 hits the mark in my book, but do give it a fair decant before tucking in.
I’m a bit over Priorat/Monsant garnacha at the moment (although I do have a bottle in the tasting pile): too expensive, too extracted, too hyped. I’m sure I’ll get over it soon, but it seems that the every time I buy or drink a wine from Prioratlately, I’m just a little underwhelmed. I find that I get much better bang for my buck in the Douro if I’m looking for something shisty. Anyway, this is a ripping wine that has filled the vacuum perfectly.
The nose starts off with some medicinal herbs, crush rock, raspberry and bright cherry and some pink musk stick. A bit of raspberry leaf and a touch of chocolate creeps in with more air. Medium bodied with light tannins, minerally acid and a touch of richness on the palate. The fruit is concentrated but well balanced. Meaty notes with more of that bright cherry and raspberry, with some spice and gentle wood notes. Some darck chocolate notes apear after a while, as does some sage. While it’s not cheap, it’s fine drinking for this time of year. Plus it’ll do a couple of years in the cellar. Easy. 92 Points; Source: The Spanish Acquisition Price: $65 Closure: Conventional Cork; Dave Worthington; Tinto Y Blanco
The 2005 Pegaso from Barrancas de Pizarra was sourced 60- to 80-year-old Garnacha vines planted on pure slate soil. The wine was aged for 15 months in French oak. Aromas of smoke, pencil lead, scorched earth, mineral, espresso, and black cherry lead to a dense, full-bodied, sweetly-fruited, layered Garnacha with impeccable balance for its size and a long, fruit-filled finish. Drink this pleasure bent offering through 2020. 93 Points; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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