Sunday, November 17, 2013

Fuentes Solluna Priorat 2006

Fuentes Solluna Priorat 2006
Priorat, Spain

I'm a huge fan of wines from Priorat. It's a region in the Northeast of Spain, inside Catalonia most known for its terrior, specifically the dense slate "llicorella" soils. Wines from Priorat are known for their richness, full flavor, and finesse.

This wine is a "second label" of the renowned Priorat producer Gran Clos. It's a blend of three grapes: Garnacha (aka, Grenache), Carignan, and Merlot. It is truly delicious.

Review: This red wine is dark and unctuous. On the nose it shows dried blackberries and plums with a strong woody barrel note. On the palate it displays soft tannins and more dried fruits, along with the addition of coffee, earth, and just a touch of herbal mint and spicy pepper. The finish is long and lingering.

Given the age on this wine (2006) I chose to decant it to allow it to breathe. It was also an opportunity to try to leave some of the sediment in the bottle.

Food Pairing: Perfect with rustic Spanish or French foods!

Bottom Line: Completely delicious. Great depth of flavor and soft texture. I dig it.

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2006
  • PLACE: Priorat DOQ (Denominació d'Origen Qualificada)
  • GRAPES: 50% Garnacha, 25% Carignan, 25% Merlot
  • AGEING: 12 months French oak
  • BOOZE: 15%
  • CELLAR: Drink now. I think it's done ageing.

Where did I get it? Crystal City Wine Shop
What's the damage? High Priced

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