Super pricey but this is a knock-your-socks-off wine with a gorgeous bouquet that shows not even a hint of syrup or jam. The palate is like a nova; it bursts with plum, blackberry and cinnamon. No harshness, not too tannic, and splendid on the finish, where toast and chocolate appear and stick around for a long time. It’s 80% old-vines Garnacha and 20% Cabernet…
. Stand up and take note: this is great wine from Priorat. And that’s regardless of whether it is typically Priorato in style. It trades textbook minerality for lushness, and the fruit is star quality. In the mouth, there’s an explosion of grape matter that leaves coffee, chocolate, peanut brittle and vanilla. Almost drinkable right now but best from 2009.
This one is up there with the very best of the region. It’s downright purple, with a powerful, classy, dense nose that exudes pine, lemon peel and loads of blackberry and plum. The flavor profile is a splendid mix of boysenberry, cherry, fennel and black pepper. And the finish is driving and spicy, a wonderful blend of cola, chocolate and berries. A dazzling wine.
The 2002 is the current vintage (reviewed in June), but this wine is superior and is just now entering its prime; call it red nectar with a cement foundation. Mogador offers the purest Priorat fruit going, and the ’01 is ethereal, with chewy blackberry, chocolate and vanilla flavors along with horsehide, black pepper and tobacco on the finish. Imported by…
For the second vintage in a row, Vall Llach’s signature red blend is out on its own. The bouquet is round and deep, with alluring cola, mint and blackberry aromas. The palate is alive but still quite dark, with huge black plum and blackberry flavors. Super long on the finish, with a subtle streak of vanilla and coconut. Delicious but also deft. 450 cases produced.
A great Priorat, plain and simple. And while we have always liked Les Eres from Joan Simó, this vintage is the best we’ve tried. The nose is beautiful: coffee, cola, schist, black fruit and herbs rise up. In the mouth, there’s strength but restraint; huge black fruit, pulsing tannins and subtleties. Power and precision as well. A brilliant wine that can be drunk…
Alvaro Palacios is as meticulous as any vintner when it comes to vine maintenance and winemaking. His Finca Dofi blends Garnacha and Cabernet Sauvignon with some Syrah and sometimes Merlot, and the result is extremely impressive vintage after vintage. This wine is alluring, silky smooth and endowed with beautiful herb and mineral notes along with light oak, fine…
Yes, $50 is a stretch, but not for one of the finest Grenache-based wines in the world. The concentration is amazing, yet the wine isn't heavy or cloying. The tannins are plentiful, but velvety smooth. Cellar it for years, then marvel at how little you paid for it.