The 2005 Petrea from Mas Comtal in Penedés in Northern Spain is probably the best monovarietal Merlot I’ve ever had (no, I haven’t tasted Pétrus). Unfortunately, winemaker Joan Milà died the other year and to my knowledge, the 2005 vintage of the Petrea was the last he ever made. And boy what a wine it is. Monovarietal Merlot usually means jammy, strawberry-like and heavy-handed brew. There’s no coincidence Merlot got beaten up in Sideways. However,when it is cultivated with this kind of ambition and skills and is picked at low yields, the result can be pretty amazing. Merlot is not the first grape variety you associate to Spain, but terroir in Penedés is obviously fitting this oftentimes knocked about berry.
Extremely elegant and complex nose; truffles, licorice, black cherries, leaves. The tannins are perfectly integrated, the body is medium to full. The wine is silky but yet with a powerful grip. Long finish. 92p.
At 297 SEK, this is a bargain at Systembolaget and there is plenty of bottles left. I’ve had this a couple of times before but simply forgot how good it actually is. I will get another couple of bottles myself. This is just about as good as it gets.