By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/28/2009 | Send Email
The moment I popped the cork and sniffed the bottle to make sure it was okay, I knew that this would be a winner. This is textbook, and I do mean textbook, Priorat. Spicy blueberry fruit and baking spice aromas on the nose. But the oak-derived spice notes frame, rather than dominate, the bouquet. Flavors are of wild mixed berries. Very pure, fresh and snappy. A streak of vibrant slate minerality reveals itself on the mid-palate, too. The combination of acidity and strong tannins make this a wine in want of some breathing time, so be patient. I plan on buying a few bottles and cellaring them, and I never buy Priorat. This, however, is Priorat how I remember it when I first tasted it four years ago: intensely fruity but structured, mineral, and a true original in the world of red wine. I recommend that you buy some.