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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
Sku: 006124


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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
Sku: 003337


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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
Sku: 021232


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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
Sku: 002445


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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
Sku: P58589


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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
Sku: 033996


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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
Sku: 068061


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The flagship wine of the winery, it is a clear demonstration of the benefits of a wise mixture of grape varieties. This wine is elaborated starting from the free-run juices of the native quality varieties from the O Rosal Valley, located on the ... more
Sku: 043876


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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
Sku: 043515


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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
Sku: 031908


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Made from Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano, this wine embodies ripe fruit qualities with a perfect balance of acidity, supple roundness on the palate and a hint of new oak. The Marques de Murrieta vineyards on the 741-acre (300-hectare) ... more
Sku: 050435


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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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2010: 90 Points - Jay Miller, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Filon was sourced from 30- to 40-year-old vineyards. It offers up notes of smoke, mineral, and wild cherry that mingle with layers of ripe cherry fruit on the ... more
Sku: 045364


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2009: 87 Points - Josh Raynolds, Steve Tanzer's International Wine Cellars: "Bright ruby-red. Fresh, straightforward aromas and flavors of red berries and cracked pepper. A taut, energetic midweight that shows good clarity ... more
Sku: 010628


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Petillant white is a Vi D'Agulla, a charming and slightly frizzante wine from the Penedes region ... more
Sku: P58239


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