Priorat Wine

This region within Catalunya (Catalonia) is known for its distinguishing soil type, known locally as licorella (The Catalan word for “licorice”) and to the rest of Spain as pizarra. The soil resembles shiny, black rock, with veins of brown-red, minerally earth. In some places this crumbles easily and in others it’s very rigid. This forces the vines’ roots to dig very deep for water, adding mineral intensity to the grapes grown there. The arid region receives a small amount of rainfall, making yields low compared to the rest of the country. Therefore, wines from this region, which can be concentrated and magnificent, are also quite costly. In 2000, the region was awarded the country’s highest designation, DOCa (Denominacion de Origen Calificada). 

Priorat wines are produced predominately with Garnacha, often blended with Cariñena, and sometimes additionally Syrah (giving it a distinct Rhone-like expression), Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. 
 
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  • Mourvèdre

    History of the grape: Monastrell is a native of Spain, first grown in Murviedro near Valencia, and was eventually bro...

  • Ugni Blanc

    Because so many Italian varieties are known as Trebbiano, its history is unclear. It may be named after the river Tre...

  • Grenache Blanc

    History of the grape: Grenache Blanc is thought to be a mutation of Grenache Noir, more often referred to as just Gre...

  • Carignan

    History of the grape: The grape has been traced as far back as the 3rd century in the Aragon province in Spain. The A...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

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  • Vall Llach

    Celler Vall Liach believes in the controlled microproduction of its vineyards and "trossos" so...

  • Genium Celler

    In the year 2002, six families with a long tradition in wine cultivation in the municipality of P...

  • La Pesquera Winery

    Tinto Pesquera is the flagship wine produced by Alejandro Fernández at a bodega he founded in 1...

  • Rotllan Torra

    Rotllan Torra is completely devoted to wine production and wants to share this fantastic experien...

  • Gratavinum

    In the wild and rugged landscape of the Priorat , a dramatic struggle for survival of the vine is...

  • Francisco Castillo

    New to the United States, Clos Dominic embodies the region of Priorat with its very small product...

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  • Zuf, congrats on finding the new abode. Sorry about the passing of your Mother, ... ribs and thought this 2012 Priorat might pair nicely.  Their website says the current vintage is 40% Carinyena, 40% Garnatxa and 20% Merlot/Syrah.  This is not a shy wine with a lot of dark fruit, ripe plums, black pepper, medium plus tannins, decent acidity and... Read More

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  • Beautiful label.  Nice Provencal-style blend with lots of Syrah (the ... ... but since the DO surrounds Priorat (which I love), I am sure it has a darned good chance of being deliciou Read More

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  • Lately I've been interested in learning more about CA regions other than ... ... ringers for the wines of Priorat - high acidity combined with full ripeness. I'm going to try some more this week but those are the best versions of Spanish grapes I've had yet.Haven't given up anything else obviously, but it's fun to discover places right under m... Read More

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  • Tablas is definitely up there and their Grenache is a very good iteration of ... blends. He has one called El Priorato that is a ringer for Priorat and is quite fantastic. I believe it's a blend of Carignan, Grenache, Syrah and Tempranillo. He has another based on Monstant, with a bit more Grenache, and while not CdR, they can hold their own a... Read More

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  • Olbia Blanco Priorat Marco Abella 2015

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  • Gosh.  $22 is a bargain for Priorat.  Good job.So look for Montsant. It surrounds Priorat like a donut and part of it has exactly the same soil types but it was kept out of the DO when the lines were drawn. Some good values for the same grapes and some of the same producers.Had a few wines from Moldova the other day but no pics. And Uruguay. Ton... Read More

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  • Ciutat Vella Priorat 2012

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Gosh.  $22 is a bargain for Priorat.  Good job.Too funny about the ABU thing.  Once you know the code, it's perfectly obvious.  ABV never popped into my brain.  I'm getting too old for you guys. Read More

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  • I've packed up and moved south for a while. Currently in Orange Beach ... ... just a touch of Cab from the Priorat region of Spain. 15% ABU Dark ruby with the slightest tinge of purple in color. The nose is classic grenache. Taste is sour cherry with medium acidity that finishes with a strong kalmata olive note that lasts forever.&nbs Read More

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  • Bodegas Mas Alta Black Slate la Vielle Alta 2015

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    Dark ruby with the slightest tinge of purple in color. The nose is classic grenache. Taste is sour cherry with medium acidity that finishes with a strong kalmata olive note that lasts forever. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


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