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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.2009: 89 Points - Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator: ... more
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Marqués de Riscal, a classic Rioja winery, has quickly established itself in the D.O. Rueda, carefully producing high quality wines. Marqués de Riscal Verdejo 2012 is made 100% with Verdejo grapes and complemented by a small percentage of Viura. The  more
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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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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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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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Clos Lojen is a pure joy to drink—and gives those of us always searching for new wines the opportunity to get to know a varietal not found outside of Spain. Made with 100 percent Bobal from organically farmed vines ranging in age from 35 to 50 years  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.... more
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The 2008 La Vicalanda Reserva seems backward and closed, probably the effect of a cooler year. The color is a saturated, dark red and the nose is initially limited to tertiary aromas of leather, meat and some spices. Balanced, with good acidity, ... more
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Columna is produced by winemaker Rodrigo Mendez, Raul Perez’s right hand man. Located in Condado de Tea region of Rias Baixas, where Albarino thrives in the mountainous region along the right bank of the Mino River. The vines were planted in ... more
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88 Points Steven Tanzer: Light gold. Spicy, energetic aromas of pear, nectarine and lemon pith, along with a hint of candied ginger. Light-bodied, dry and focused, offering juicy orchard fruit flavors and gentle citrus bite. Flavorful and ... more
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This Brut, which is both soft and fresh on the palate, displays the liveliness and femininity that its name suggests. It is the first time Chardonnay has been blended with Cava’s classic grape trio and the result highlights the fresh floral and ... more
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Fresh, red fruits, mineral, sauvage, and floral; Medium bodied, well-structured, earthy, round fruitAbel names his cuvées after the soil types found in his vineyards. The Pedregoso cuvée (pedregoso translates to stony soil) is fermented in whole ... 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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