By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/25/2010 | Send Email
What a breath of fresh air in Priorat! Smoky dark berry fruit on the nose leads to a fresh, bright, palate, portraying a lightness of touch seldom seen in such a warm climate growing region. Viñedos de Ithaca is arguably making the most food friendly, enjoyable, easy to drink, finessed wines in all of Priorat. Relative to the regions' huge, intensely flavored and extracted wines, this may not be saying much, but to taste any of these wines is such a pleasurable experience, as well as an object lesson in how to make beautiful, graceful wines in a warm climate. Owner Joseph Puig is Priorat's renaissance man. At Viñedos de Ithaca, he is up to something truly unique in the warm, steep, slate terraces of Priorat, growing a diverse variety of grapes which include typical varieties (Garnacha, Cariñena, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon) as well as some more unusual ones (Touriga Nacional, Garnatxa Blanca, Pedro Ximenez). Puig's daughter Sylvia makes the wine, and like her other efforts it is an exuberant, fresh and fruit-driven beauty.