Starts somewhat cooked and stewy before finding a better, fresher, fruitier groove. Weighty and full, with bright colors and aggressive flavors. Plum, berry and cherry notes dominate. Persistent airing unveils additional ripeness and soft tannins.
Definitely sweet, syrupy and raisiny. Torres has made a chunky, plodding wine with saturated berry and plum flavors but hardly any of the mineral, schist, zest and excitement the Priorat is renowned for. Deep, dark and dense for sure, but ultimately flabby and mediocre. Imported by Dreyfus, Ashby & Co.
Slightly mineral on the nose, with likable aromas of apple and white stone fruits. Downright tangy on the palate, bordering on sour, with lime, green apple and chalk-like flavors. Finishes shy but sharp, without much in the midsection. Imported by Dreyfus, Ashby & Co.
If your local wine shop carries a single Spanish wine, this one’s probably it—and it’s no wonder why. This Garnacha-Cariñena blend is an easy quaffer, Beaujolais-weight, and probably best appreciated by wine newbies who like a little sweetness in their glass. It offers raspberry, plum and strawberry flavors, kept in check by a dose of oak. Drink now. —D.M.
Open and a bit hot, with raspberry, cherry and bold acidity. The body is full, bordering on chunky and big. There’s little in the way of nuance in this bistro-style red, but it taste nice and will wash down munchies like chorizo or pizza with no problem.
Smells peppery and dark, yet the body is crisp and zingy due to sharp acidity. Flavors of raspberry and cherry skins run fast, while the finish is acid-washed and quick, with a lasting bit of herbal flavor and tartness.
Soft and sweet smelling, with little to no zest or zap. The palate is wet and round but lacks kick, while the flavors are sweet and suggest cherry jam and plum pudding. Finishes sweet as well.
Mallowy, toasty aromas start things off and show up again on the back end, but the palate offers only generic yellow fruit. Medium-bodied and quite resinous in the mouth, it's suitable for casual gatherings.