2005 Domini de la Cartoixa "Galena" Priorat (Previously $29.99)

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92 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Galena is a blend of 35% Garnacha Negra, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and 15% Carinena aged for 12 months in French and American oak. Purple-colored, it offers an enticing bouquet of cedar, spice box, earth, mineral, black cherry, and black currant. Supple-textured, ripe, and already complex, this easy-going effort is already delivering much pleasure although it will continue to evolve for another 2-3 years. Drink it through 2020." (02/08) 90 (+?) points from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep red. Smoky cherry and cassis aromas are complicated by tobacco and anise. Dense cherry and dark berry flavors are given grip by chewy tannins and turn sweeter with air, picking up sexy raspberry and vanilla qualities. Then shuts down quickly on the finish, with the tannins taking charge. Very promising, but this needs patience." (Sept/Oct '08)

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/28/2009 | Send Email
The moment I popped the cork and sniffed the bottle to make sure it was okay, I knew that this would be a winner. This is textbook, and I do mean textbook, Priorat. Spicy blueberry fruit and baking spice aromas on the nose. But the oak-derived spice notes frame, rather than dominate, the bouquet. Flavors are of wild mixed berries. Very pure, fresh and snappy. A streak of vibrant slate minerality reveals itself on the mid-palate, too. The combination of acidity and strong tannins make this a wine in want of some breathing time, so be patient. I plan on buying a few bottles and cellaring them, and I never buy Priorat. This, however, is Priorat how I remember it when I first tasted it four years ago: intensely fruity but structured, mineral, and a true original in the world of red wine. I recommend that you buy some.

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

Spain

- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.
Sub-Region:

Priorato

Alcohol Content (%): 15