2012 Cara Nord Red Blend Conca de Barberà

SKU #1194963 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The red 2012 Conca de Barbera is a blend of 42% Grenache, 38% Syrah and 20% Garrut (this may be the first time I have seen that grape varietal). The result is an outstanding red wine displaying a dense ruby/plum/purple color, lots of kirsch liqueur intermixed with a notion of roasted herbs, medium to full body, attractive, savory, fleshy flavors and a long finish. Drink it over the next several years. The Conca de Barbera appellation is northeast of Priorat and Montsant, and west of Penedes. (RP)  (11/2013)

Jancis Robinson

 A blend of Garnatxa, Syrah and Garrut (Catalonian GSM) grown at 800 m and aged for six months in new and used French oak. Made by Tomàs Cusiné of Auzells and El Vilosell fame. Dark crimson. Sweet and round. Easy and much fresher and less tannicly dry than the average Australian GSM. Lots of berry flavour. You could serve this at a wide range of temperatures and still enjoy it, I think. (JR)  (11/2016)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright violet color. Blackcurrant and cherry skin aromas show gentle spiciness and a touch of dried herbs. Smooth and pliant on the palate, offering ripe black and blue fruit flavors and a touch of bitter chocolate. Displays a smoky note on the finish, along with an echo of medicinal cherry and dusty tannins that add grip. (JR)  (9/2013)

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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.