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Ferrer Bobet Priorat Seleccio Especial 2011 750ml

Rated 95 - The special selection, which is also produced with old vines like the current release, the 2011 Selecció Especial is pure Cariñena...
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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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Terroir Al Limit Terra De Cuques 2011 750ml

Rated 91 - The 2011 Terra de Cuques is a new white first produced in 2011; a village wine produced with Pedro Ximenez and 20% Muscat and aged in...

2011 750ml 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.