46 World-Renowned Wines
A blend of Garnacha Tinta and Cariñena from vines on steep hillsides aged up to 60 years old, the grapes are hand-harvested. Aromas of tilled soil with violets is inviting and deep. On the palate, the minerality joins the bittersweet plum skin notes and spiced cranberry. Lush, filled with sunshine and earth, its round body adheres to a boysenberry ripeness.
BEST BUY. Ruby color. Aromas of mocha yogurt, toasted chocolate berry pastry, and sweet herbs and spices with a silky, lively, fruity medium body and an engaging, medium-long pomegranate gelato and sour cherry sorbet finish with silky tannins and light oak. A juicy, delicious, resonant, red that will cover a lot of bases. Drink now through 2017.
BEST BUY. This shows little of itself at the moment. It's almost completely closed, offering hints of fresh red fruit and touches of spice. The rest is a mystery locked in the tannins and acidity that form the powerful structure of the wines. Only grilled lamb-or 10 years in the cellar-will open the door on this blend of old-vine garnacha and carinena with cabernet sauvignon and syrah.
Black color. Interesting aromas and flavors of coconut cream, spiced berries and figs, and earth with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length finish with suggestions of chocolate mint, black raspberry jam, delicate peppery spices, and banana with crunchy tannins. A zesty, lively, zinfandel-like red that will be great with food. Drink now through 2017.
Scala Dei has some of the highest-altitude vineyards in Priorat, which make for consistently sharp and firm reds. This blend of garnacha and carinena, all from old vineyards, is a good example. Right now, this is an impenetrable wine, filled with layers of tannins, red and black fruits, as well as curry and black-pepper spice. With time in the glass, the acidity weaves its way through the darkness, bringing vigor and freshness to the wine, and suggesting that this will be even better with another two to three years in bottle.
BEST BUY. It's rare to find garnacha in Priorat with this much charm and sheet drinkability. It's energized with wild strawberry flavor, full of vitality and freshness, rich in texture, generous in acifity. This is the kind of wine you can drink like water, and it's great at quenching your thirst.
The 2010 Cartoixa is a blend of 65% Garnacha, 25% Carinena and then equal parts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah with 70% of the wine coming from slate soils and the remaining 30% from vines grown on argilo-calcareaous slopes. Part of the Garnacha is fermented whole cluster in cement vats and the wine ages in different-sized French oak barrels depending on grape variety. The result is a dark, brooding effort with ripe black fruit, balsamic aromas and clear hints from the slate soils. The palate is full-bodied with round, velvety tannins and great persistence and acidity.
Flavors of black cherry and plum are juicy, even crunchy, in this fresh and lively red. Notes of wet stone and mountain herb add interest and complexity, while the focus stays on the fruit, with moderate tannins and lively acidity providing structure
Ripe heady aromas of black cherry, licorice and fir tree are lightly herbal, foresty and on the money. This feels tight as a box of nails, with firm tannins. Black plum, black cherry, blackberry and peppery flavors finish toasty and dark. This has a lot of life left in it. Drink through 2024.
This is ripe and a bit oaky and creamy up front, with schisty berry scents. It's controlled on the palate, with cherry, currant, plum, coconut and marzipan flavors. An oaky, rooty finish comes with a deep berry aftertaste. Drink this Garnacha-led wine through 2021.
Brilliant ruby-red. Focused, vibrant red berry and floral scents are complicated by suggestions of woodsmoke and white pepper. The rich yet animated palate boasts gently sweet raspberry and cherry flavors that deepen and spread out in the glass. This wine shows excellent finishing power and lift, with smooth tannins that are nicely tucked into the juicy red fruit.
(made entirely in stainless steel tanks): The highly perfumed nose shows very good clarity, with red berry and floral pastille aromas and a hint of white pepper. Silky, seamless and gently sweet, the palate is imbued with tangy acidity that gives spine to generous fresh raspberry and cherry compote flavors. Emphatically fruity and persistent, the finish conveys just a hint of dusty tannins. This extroverted, fruit-driven and extremely easy-to-drink bottling is a far cry from the structured, age-demanding wines that most wine lovers associate with Priorat.
This supple red has good density, with expressive flavors of candied cherry, toasted vanilla and cocoa, supported by light tannins and balsamic acidity. Lively. Drink now through 2021. 500 cases made
Bright red. Peppery red berry and floral aromas show good clarity and a hint of allspice. Lively and sharply focused on the palate, offering tangy redcurrant and strawberry flavors with a hint of orange pith. Finishes with good nervy cut and silky, late-arriving tannins.