Deep garnet in the glass with thick legs (14.5% ABV), this Garnacha/Carinena blend from Priorat has medium intensity aromas of baked plums, blackberry, raisins, black raspberry, coconut and some spice. The baked/cooked aromas disappeared almost immediately. The palate is dry with high acidity, medium (+) tannins, medium (+) body and medium (-) finish. The fruit flavors are quite intense and I get the black raspberry, blackberry, some plum and spice but no oak-derived coconut. Black and smoky Lapsang Souchong teas present on the mid palate and add to the tannic grip that has enveloped my gums. I find this wine a bit of a conundrum- it is very primal in fruit, yet shows advances in age beyond its 6 years, I wonder if it was mishandled along the way. Let me have a look.
I did some research, this wine should have lots of tertiary and secondary notes, instead, I get the baked and stewed fruit which is either very aged wine or heat damaged wine. The flavors I get do not match the descriptions of where I bought this $23 bottle from. I would love to revisit it I could get a good bottle. For now, I would imagine it to hold up to the 90 point score the pros awarded. It could potentially be a 5 star effort. Salut….