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Priorat

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Priorat DOCa is perhaps the second most historic wine region of Spain. Located to the south-west of Catalonia, Priorat's wine heritage dates back to the 12th century when the Carthusian monks of Scala Dei introduced the art of viticulture to the area.

The DO of Priorat was formally created in 1954. For much of its early history the production of bulk wine dominated the area. Much of the stardom of in the early 1990s is owe to visionary wine-makers René Barbier and Álvaro Palacios. The DOCa designation gives Priorat one the of two such honors in Spain.

Soil
The Priorat region is of volcanic origin, which gives the soil some unique characteristics. The bedrock (called Llicorella in Catalán) is made up of layers of slate with small particles of mica, which reflects the sunlight and conserves heat. The 2 foot thick topsoil is formed of decomposed slate and mica. These characteristics force the roots of the vines to reach into cracks in the bedrock for water, nutrition and minerals.

The nutrient poor soil of Priorat yields wine with a lower PH, resulting in brighter and fresher wines. Priorat's most unique points is the fact that it combines the acidity of cool-climate and the ripe tannins of warm climate. Priorat is a clear example of how "terroir" really matters in wine.

Grapes
The most important variety in Priorat wines is Garnacha, or Garnatxa as it's locally known. Garnatxa is often blended with Carignan, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Priorat wines are as unique as any other terroir-driven reds. The combination of its unique soil and climate makes Priorat one of the most intriguing and historic wine regions of the world.


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Cherry and blackberry aromas accompanied by Mediterranean herb aromatics on the nose, with luscious red cherry and strawberry fruits, cinnamon and silky tannins with a long, silky and spicy finish.Wine Spectator, 88 Points
This round red offers  more
Sku: 006124


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The reserva wines of Marqués de Riscal are made principally from Tempranillo vines which are over 15 years old. This is a variety that ages well in wood, producing wines with a good tannic structure, colour and acidity. . The reserva wines of Riscal  more
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A Rioja in the sin crianza style, this youthful, medium-bodied red offers ripe strawberry and cherry fruit with savory complexity and toast on the finish.Made from younger vines of Tempranillo, this is a wine that sings of cherries, tobacco, ... more
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Viña Alberdi is a great value in Rioja from an old-school producer that still ages the wine before releasing it. It’s well shaped and structured with classic Rioja flavors of spicy red fruit framed by the mellow vanilla of American oak. I’m not ... more
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2011: 89 Points - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate: "A custom cuvee made for Eric Solomon from this large producer, this 2011 Albarino reveals loads of tropical fruit, white peach, honeysuckle and apricot notes along with medium body  more
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This wine comes from vineyards in Finca Ygay, in the Rioja Alta. Marqués de Murrieta reserva 2008 is a blend of 85% Tempranillo, 8% Garnacha Tinta, 6% Mazuelo and 1% Graciano. It ages for 20 months in American oak barrels of which at least 8 were ... more
Sku: 050435


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Cordon Negro Brut is crisp, clean, and well balanced. It is medium-bodied with a palate of apple, pear and bright citrus flavors with a moderately long finish and a crisp touch of ginger. This wine is extremely versatile and pairs well with most ... more
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This focused red shows good density, a restrained character and solid depth, offering plum, espressoViña Herminia Reserva is a wine created to continue evolving over time. Tasting: an intense ruby colour with red brick tones. Aromas of jam, spices,  more
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Wine Spectator, 90 Points:
Juicy and expressive, this lively red shows coffee and licorice notes that frame black cherry and currant flavors. The tannins are a bit chewy but resolve gracefully on the fruity finish. Drink now through 2020. ... more
Sku: P58925


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This supple red shows berry, spice and light herbalflavors, with accents of vanilla. An easy-drinking example of the traditional style. Drink now2008: 86 Points - Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator: "Light but focused, this red has ... more
Sku: 130753


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67 Wine & Spirits is proud to introduce this exceptional Cava created by Oscar Garcia and Ramon Del Monte. These young wine professionals are two of New York City's most well-known Spanish wine enthusiasts who combined their knowledge to bring you ... more
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Parada De Atauta 2009: 90 Points | International Wine Cellar , September/October 2011 Bright purple. Fragrant nose displays blackberry, violet, black pepper and spicy oak. Suave, spicy and open-knit, with a restrained sweetness and good spicy ... more
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Bodegas Txakoli Zudugarai is a small family owned and operated estate in the Basque region. The bodega was founded about 50 years ago and produces Zudugarai, their only wine from their estate grown grapes. Their vineyards vary in age up to 40 years ... more
Sku: 568016


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Bengoetxe Txakolina 2010 All fermentation and aging is in small-ish stainless steel tanks, with extra time on the lees to develop complexity and texture. All CO2 is natural. (Many Txakolí producers inject CO2 into their wines.) Alcohol is ... more
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WINE NOTES Vineyards: Sourced from Valley vineyards. Farming: Sustainable. Age of Vines: Young vines, up to 22 years. Altitude: 750 meters. Aging: 6 months in French oak barrels, 3-4 years old, 500 litres ABOUT THE PRODUCER: Casa Castillo In ... more
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