Category Archives: Priorat

2006 Vinos de Terrunos Mas de Negre Priorat

cepa-vieja Spent a while looking for an image of this stunner from yesterday’s Spanish tasting via triage. All I could find was this pretty cool image of a gnarly old vine called Cepa Vieja. Inky fuscia to purple color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, dense and concentrated, plum, blackberry, raspberry, leather, white pepper, loaded with ripe fruit, and spice, and oak, and framed by a touch of earthiness. On the palate, dry, medium tannin, medium+ acidity, balanced alcohol, explosion of new world fruit flavors, with enough of and earth flavors to match the fruit. Solid finish, will age well, you just don’t see value like this in Priorat.    

2005 Alvaro Palacios Les Terrasses Priorat Spain

Alvaro Palacios studied in Bordeaux and worked at Petrus before he settled in Priorat. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, lots of dust, earth, perfume, cranberry, red cherry, strawberry, white pepper, some oak, serious spice, and a very opulent well rounded nose. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, really nice balance,…Continue Reading

2004 Clos Martinet Priorat Spain

It’s getting harder and harder to find reasonable priced Priorat, a region in Spain southwest of Barcelona, know for it’s hill towns and old vine CariƱena and Garnacha. On the nose, youthful, earth, leather, cherry, strawberry, herbs and flowers, not oaky, and lots of earth. On the palate, dry, explosive fruit, med+ tannins, balanced with…Continue Reading