2009 Noster "Inicial" Priorat
While I am a strong believer in the inimitable qualities, and huge potential, of Priorat's terroir, I must admit that there is very little out there that truly excites us, particularly for under $20. So imagine my surprise upon trying this, a Priorat that is not at all shy or trying to hide its Mediterranean origins, a wine that is well balanced, showing lovely red and dark fruit as well as nice minerality. The time in bottle has definitely allowed the Inicial to come together nicely and begin to show its stuff. Inicial is a blend of Garnacha, Carignane and just a tiny amount of Cabernet Sauvignon. Try this with braised or stewed lamb served over creamy polenta.