2005 Cellers Capafons Oso "Sirsell" Priorat
90 points Wine Spectator: "Plum, currant, briar, cedar and earth flavors give this brawny red a brooding character. The tannins are assertive, but berry and floral notes emerge on the finish. Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Mazuelo and Syrah. Best after 2010." (11/08) Whoa! This is a real deal in Priorat for those looking for The Real Thing. Here's a terrific look at what a more traditionally styled Priorat tastes like. Every bit as intensely flavored and full throttle as the modern guys (i.e. nearly everyone else), but with terrific minerality, elegance, and gutsy flavors adding a whole lot of interest. Produced from Grenache, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah that have been fermented separately and aged 12 months in used French and American oak, this delicious Priorat leads from the glass with black olive and black cherry aromas. On the palate, pure blackberry and dark plum fruits show terrific slate minerality in the middle, with an amazing elegance given the richness and structure of the wine. At under $20 this is very compelling wine indeed.