2007 Bodegas La Cartuja "La Cartuja" Priorat

SKU #1052832

90 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This is as good a deal as you are going to get from Priorat. The deep purple-colored 2007 La Cartuja is 50% Garnacha, 30% Carinena and the balance Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. It offers up an enticing nose of roasted minerals, lavender, incense, black cherry, and blueberry. On the palate it has good grip, savory flavors, and a lengthy finish." (06/09) I completely agree with this review. The price of admission for good Priorat is usually about $20, but below $15 usually won't get you a bottle that tastes much like Priorat, let alone a bottle that is worth drinking. However, the La Cartuja looks to be the exception to the rule. It is full of the warm, blueberry and baking spice flavors typical of the region, with loads of character for the price.. This is Priorat that should be drunk now, and as fun and juicy as the wine is drinking it now should not be a problem. La Cartuja just might be my pick for Spanish party wine of 2009. (Joe Mankein, K&L Spanish wine buyer)

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- 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.