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Mas Doix Priorat Salanques 2012 750ml

Rated 92 - Even the entry-level red is produced with the fruit of very old and low-yielding vines (except the French varieties which are always...
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Terroir Al Limit Dits Del Terra 2012 750ml

Rated 94 - The 2012 Dits del Terra is pure CariƱena from a single plot of very old south-facing vines on llicorella slate soils. The full clusters...
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Terroir Al Limit Vi De Villa 2012 750ml

Rated 92 - (50% garnacha and 50% carinena; made entirely with whole clusters and aged for two years in oldfoudres): Deep ruby. Powerful,...

2012 Priorat

Priorat has an especially long history of wine making since at least the 12th century. Its poor, stony soil underlaid by slate and quartz planted with very old vines gives its established vineyards incredibly low yields of only 0.3 tons/acre. Perhaps because of the unbelievable concentration of their fruit, Priorat vineyards produce world class wines from the usually ordinary Grenacha and Carignan grapes. Surprisingly, these varietals -- elsewhere popular for rosis and light character reds -- engender big sturdy red wines with smooth, plentiful tannins, perfect for long bottle aging. The most recent trend amends local tradition by adding the French varietals Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah to newer vineyards; and also by aging new wines in new French rather than the more usual American barrels. The resulting wines have been described as richly concentrated but well-balanced, with strong tannins and high alcohol - both powerful and graceful. Priorat has also begun to offer some new dry whites and rosis (rosados) in the fresher international style.