envelope

$81.84
$81.24
Check availability
AddAdd to wish list

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...
$19.24
$18.24
Check availability
AddAdd to wish list

Mas D'en Gil Coma Alta 2011 750ml

Rated 91 - (80% garnacha blanca and 20% viognier): Light yellow-gold. Smoky pear and nectarine aromas are brightened by dusty minerals and a hint...
$41.54
$40.64
Check availability
AddAdd to wish list

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...
$122.94
$121.94
Check availability
AddAdd to wish list

Terroir Al Limit Les Manyes 2011 750ml

Rated 96 - The 2011 Les Manyes is the only 100% Garnacha they produce, from a single vineyard, a slope at 800 meters altitude in the Scala Dei...

2011 Cataluna Priorat

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.