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Alvaro Palacios Camins Del Priorat 2014 750ml

Rated 90 - Bottled one week before my tasting in February 2015, the entry-level 2014 Camins del Priorat is the only wine that contains French...
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Alvaro Palacios Gratallops 2013 750ml

Rated 93 - Bright violet color. Allspice, anise and woodsmoke aromas complement vibrant red fruits and floral pastille. Juicy, tightly focused...
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Alvaro Palacios Les Terrasses 2013 750ml

Rated 93 - The 2013 Les Terrasses Velles Vinyes, from a rainy year and a late harvest that resulted in perfect ripeness and low yields, is a blend...
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Marco Abella Priorat Clos Abella 2009 750ml

Rated 93 - (50% carinena, 39% garnacha and 11% cabernet sauvignon; aged for two years in French oak): Saturated ruby. Heady aromas of cherry,...
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Mas Doix Costers De Vinyes Velles 2010 750ml

Rated 95 - The 2010 Costers de Vinas Viejas is a blend of 55% Garnacha and the rest Carinena from vineyards planted in 1902 on slate slopes. The...
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Mas Doix Les Crestes 2014 750ml

Rated 92 - (aged in used French oak barrels for ten months): Youthful purple. Potent, mineral-accented dark berry and violet scents, with...
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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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Mas Romani (Mas Alta) La Basseta 2011 750ml

Rated 92 - The 2011 La Basseta is a blend of 20-year-old Garnacha and Carinena and feels much darker and deeper than its young sibling, with...
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Mas Romani (Mas Alta) La Creu Alta 2010 750ml

Rated 90 - The 2010 La Creu Alta is a blend of 60% Garnacha and 40% Carinena aged for 18 months in French oak. La Creu Alta comes from a parcel of...

Cataluna Priorat Red Blend

The beautiful Spanish wine region of Catalunya has a history of viticulture which stretches back for over a thousand years, and has been influenced by a wide range of people who moved through the region, and brought their wine making skills and expertise with them. The region itself is a sizeable one, covering an area of sixty thousand hectares, and within this space there resides over two hundred individual wineries, ranging from small, independent and traditional ones to the larger, mass production bodegas known around the world. The terroir of Catalunya is varied, and ranges from being dry and arid, to more lush and green in the wetter parts of the region which are closer to the coast. This variation in terroir results in a fantastic range of grape varietals being grown, and a wide range of wine styles are produced within Catalunya.

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.