Best value Catalan wines rated by Parker

Like we said in previous posts, on 28th February The Wine Advocate published the new Parker ratings for Priorat wines, Cava and other Catalan D.O.s. In total more than 700 wines were tasted, made using different techniques and  with very different prices, ranging from 5 to 980 euros.

In our first post we introduced the wines with the most Parker points, so in this article we want to draw your attention to one of the conditions most important to the general public: High Parker ratings at affordable prices. We will now focus on the best value Catalan wines rated by Parker.

Vineyards in the Designation of Origin Montsant

It should be said that if we regard the new edition of The Wine Advocate in this light, the rankings have undergone a significant change.

To begin, it’s worth pointing out that the list, dominated before by the Q.D.O. Priorat, is now passed on to its first cousin, the D.O. Montsant, which happens to offer the highest Parker ratings for wines under 15 euros.

Dido 2011, by Bodega Dido la Universal, boasts an impressive 93 Parker points at an unbelievable price of only €12.50! Other examples of great value wines from the D.O. Montsant that have been given a good amount of Parker points are:

Zerrán 2011, by the Grupo Jorge Ordóñez. A complex, fruity and lively wine with 92 Parker points for only €11.20.

Faunus 2012, by Ediciones I-Limitadas winery, is an interesting blend of Carignan, Merlot, Syrah and Tempranillo grapes, recently awarded 91 Parker points. It will only cost you €10.70 to enjoy this complex young wine. Not bad, right?

Equally recommendable is L’Alleu Vinyes Veles 2011 by Luis Gutiérrez, also with 91 Parker points. A very expressive and enjoyable wine, but with very limited production, so don’t miss it!

But the confirmation of the D.O. Montsant as one of the regions producing the best value wines on the market should not detract from the Q.D.O. Priorat, which despite having some of the best wines in the country (yes, at significant prices), is also capable of offering great wines at prices suitable for all budgets.

A clear example of this is Gotes del Priorat 2012. Powerful and enjoyable. The perfect expression of the philosophy of the “Nuevo Priorat”. 91 Parker points for only €13.15.

We now travel to the D.O. Penedés to talk about one of the best value white wines by Luis Gutiérrez:  Parés Baltà Calcari 2012, a Xarel·lo wine aged for 4 months on its lees which has earned 91 Parker points. The price? Only €7.15.

We don’t have to veer too far from Penedès to show you one of our favourite white wines, which has also earned 91 Parker points in the latest edition of The Wine Advocate. The wine we’re talking about is Massís 2012. A blend of White Grenache and Xarel·lo made on the hillsides of mazizo del Garraf (D.O. Cataluña) by a winemaker that needs no introduction: Benjamín Romeo. The best thing of all is that this wine comes much cheaper than a bottle of Contador, since it only costs €8.10.

And we couldn’t finish this post without paying a visit without taking a look at two of the best value cavas if we take into account the recent Parker ratings.

On the one hand, we have Naverán Brut Vintage 2011, with 90 Parker points. Delicate, fresh, balanced… A cava well above what you’d expect when considering its price of only €7.25.

On the other hand, as usual The Wine Advocate publishes new ratings for the D.O. Cava, and we want to point out Raventós y Blanc L’Hereu 2011. A new vintage of one of the best value cavas in recent years. We say cava, but we should really say sparkling wine, since the winery decided to abandon its Cava designation believing that this stamp hindered their products from being identified with the highest quality standards. Whatever it is, this sparkling wine is worth your attention at only €10.15.

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