There are sinful, delicious things that we rarely make time for (in our health conscious, earth conscious, super productive busy lives) like T-Bone steaks and 15% ABV Priorat. And while restraint and abstinence are good practices 95% of the year, at least 5% indulgence is necessary for good living, and the final days of a birthday week are fine times for gluttony.
The appropriately named “stairway to heaven/the gods” opens with intense, hypnotic aromas of anise/licorice, garrigue, wet slate, camp fire, beef blood, incense, mushroom, cedar, red currant, black currant; black cherry, strawberry jam, spiced red plum, and more slate (who says 15% abv wines don’t express terroir?!?!? )
My only complaint is that the palate isn’t nearly as captivating, deep and varied as the nose. Don’t get me wrong, it’s got a lot going on, it just lacks the mid palate weight and length I was hoping for after such a promising first impression. — 2 months ago
Mineral character, needs big glass and time - dark spice and quite smokey notes but compact fruits. Kind of Statement to typical Priorat.
Dazu: Gegrillte Artischocke - Picada de Priorat / Rauch-Paprika-Mandel / Tris von Grünen Bohnen - Mandel - Brombeere / Chorizo Iberico Bellota — a year ago
Opened in a family group in Catalunya Spain with no formal notes. Made by the redoubtable Rene Barbier where we having a tour at Clos Mogador this coming Saturday. One of those lovely luscious Mediterranean whites with a skinnsy bitterness with a low acid profile. A blend of Macabeu, Garnatxa Blanc and Cartoixa. Peachy notes in the profile. — 4 months ago
Surprisingly fruity for Priorst with dark cherry & blackberry, a bit brambly, a touch of licorice. Smooth & elegant.
Medium bodied on the palate with a nice tannic frame - polished & juicy yet with an edge. Pure fruit and nice acidity - this has great flow & energy. only downside, the alcohol (14.5%) is noticeable in the finish.
Not the most mineral Priorat nor most flashy & heavy, but drinking really nicely right now. — 10 months ago
Funky, light orange wine. Simple. Delicious. Crowd Pleaser. — 2 years ago
Dirty, funky, beautiful. — 4 months ago
Wonderfully odd nose. Drinks well. — 9 months ago
Vibrant Ruby red color, hints of leather, smoky with heavy tannins. Very nice bottle of wine.
Winestyles Club, March 2019 — 3 years ago