2011 Bodega La Cartuja Priorat
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A spectacular offering from Priorato that sells for a song (most wines from this region are in the $50-150 or higher range), the 2011 La Cartuja is a 4,000 case blend of 70% Garnacha and 30% Carinena (3,000 cases are being exported to the USA). It was aged for eight months in 50% new and 50% used French oak. The wine possesses phenomenal minerality along with notes of crushed rocks/wet steel, graphite, blueberries and raspberries, medium to full-bodied flavors, and sensational purity, texture and length. It should drink nicely for a decade or more.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(70% garnacha and 30% carinena, aged for eight months in used French oak): Opaque ruby. Blackberry, smoky minerals and a floral note on the nose. Sappy dark berry flavors show very good depth and pick up bitter cherry and licorice nuances with air. Finishes with sweet, gentle tannins, spicy persistence and nervy cut. This wine delivers very good value for a Priorat.