Inky purple in the glass this blend of 62% Carinyena & 38% Garnacha has got slow moving legs (14.5% ABV). The nose is stunning. Intense aromas of toffee, coffee, and chocolate interlaced with ripe blueberry, blackberry, plums, black cherry, mint and cassis- there is a decadent richness about this wine that I get right off the bat. The palate is dry with medium (+) acidity and medium tannins that are fine-grained. Flavors of dark, bold fruits with loads of French oak nuance make for a delicious flavor profile. Whilst the nose is driven by the toffee/coffee etc, the palate is opposite. Layers of ripe fruit are now in charge, followed by the toffee, caramel, mint and medicinal notes from the barrels. The finish is long and soft. Stunning stuff that got up to 96 points from the pros. I would have to agree. The aging capacity of this well structured, full bodied wine is good, say till 2035. You can find it for under $40 making it a monster 5 star effort. I’m simmering a pot of rich, hearty goat stew with some creamy truffle infused acorn squash pureé. Can’t wait. Salut….
Michel Rolland and Javier Galarreta Clos d’En Ferran’ 2017, Priorat DOCa, Spain
24 Tuesday Jan 2023