2005 Mas Romani "La Creu Alta" Priorat (Elsewhere $100)

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93 points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar: "Inky ruby. Explosively aromatic bouquet of red berry compote, baking spices and flowers, along with mocha, anise and vanilla. Deep, sweet and palate-staining, with intense raspberry and kirsch flavors, supple tannins and a jolt of fresh minerals on the finish. The spicy character lingers with superb clarity and persistence." (Sept/Oct 2007) La Creu Alta is typically a blend of 70% Carignan and 15% Grenache and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon from old vines and steep hillsides planted in llicorella slate, made only in top vintages. The wine is aged for 18 months in a combination of new and used French oak. Michel Tardieu and Philippe Cambie (of southern Rhone Valley fame) consult for the winery, lending their considerable talent and experience creating top flight Chateauneuf du Pape to the wines of this rugged Catalan region.

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Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/7/2011 | Send Email
This is a great chance to try this wine with it being half the price. If you don't know Priorat it is one of the two DOQ's in Spain. Old vine grenache and carignan are the two most planted varietals and the vines sit on slate and quartz soils. This wine has a deep dark extracted color. The nose is almost floral with cedar and spice and black fruit. The palate has rich red and black fruit with spice going through to the finish. Very nice wine.

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/1/2011 | Send Email
Wow! This is so luscious and decadent. I don't use those words very often but here they are. Dark ink purple/crimson color greets you, followed by an intense nose full of dark red fruit, lead pencil, blackberry reduction, cedar wood, coffee beans and incense. Dare I say, almost a cross between a Chateauneuf and a California Cab? Very peppery with an incredibly full palate and finish. Perhaps one of the best example of a wine to take to a steak house!

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/1/2011 | Send Email
This is a hypothetical Rhone meets Bordeaux in a subversive back alley tryst. It is dense like a Rhone (top notch Chateauneuf winemaker Philippe Cambie's role here) with gobs of black fruit, smoked paprika, creosote and crushed violets on the nose. It has great extract on the palate with similar rich berry and floral tones. The finish is where Bordeaux rears its head with notes of lead pencil and cedar. Even though it is quite huge, the palate never overwhelms and is surprisingly balanced. The Mazuelo(Carignane) vines contributing to the composition are over 100 years old and truly put their stamp on this exquisitely intriguing wine.

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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.