Ekam 2012 Riesling, Costers del Segre, Castell D'Encus
The Wine Advocate describes Raul Bobet's wines produced at Castel D'Encus in the village of Talarn at 1,000 meters altitude in Spain's Costers del Segre appellation, as "groundbreaking" and "some of the most exciting new wines throughout Spain." He combines ultra-modern vinification with the most ancient techniques. Most of the wines are fermented in the 12th century stone troughs or "lagares" and the results are outstanding. This wine is a Riesling with the addition of 10% Albarino. Steve Tanzer's International Wine Cellar scored it 92 points and said "(90% riesling and 10% albarino, partially fermented in ancient stone pits, called lagars, and the rest in stainless steel, then moved into large steel vats for another three months): Light yellow. High-pitched aromas of lemon pith, quince and jasmine, plus a touch of chalky minerality. Dry and nervy on the palate, with very good clarity to its lively citrus and orchard fruit flavors. The dry, tightly wound finish echoes the citrus and mineral notes and lingers with impressive tenacity." While the Wine Advocate gave it 93 points noting "a Zen-like palate with great balance, purity and transparency, with pungent acidity and penetrating flavors." Limited!