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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 4 
ProducerBodegas La Cartuja (web)
VarietyRed Blend
UPC Code(s)810411013816

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2010 and 2013 (based on 3 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 87 pts. and median of 88 pts. in 37 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by davergny on 4/22/2015 & rated 86 points: Not bad, especially for the price. It's dense & chewy, but not too oaky, nice ripe fruit, soft tannins but held up for a few days. Needs a decant or some breathing. (144 views)
 Tasted by SeattlePaul on 9/20/2014 & rated 87 points: Fundamentally, this is a good wine, but it seems to be a little over the peak. Everything is 10% down, but it still has a good Priorat characteristic, fruit, and balance. (505 views)
 Tasted by Topher024 on 4/23/2014 & rated 92 points: Absolutely fantastic;more tannic than I remembered from the past. Really opened up after a day. (881 views)
 Tasted by madvitale on 3/23/2014 & rated 88 points: Wine showed up on the 'Drink It Now' sort (what I call the 'Ready To Drink' results over 100), so I pulled it. Was very nice, even though I 'popped and poured'. Did use the Vinturi, however. Pleasant, if muted, aroma. Tasting berries and herbs. Medium body with a short, but mouth-cleansing berry finish. Still drinking well, but I will finish the last bottle I have soon. (896 views)
 Tasted by smphelps on 8/12/2013 & rated 88 points: Rich and juicy this dark crimson offering is good value. 50% Garnacha, 30% Mazuelo, 10% each Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Cherry, plum, coffee, and clove. The prior note of a year ago noted white pepper that now seems to be receding. Rich but not heavy. (1658 views)
 Tasted by DQuinn on 6/9/2013 & rated 88 points: Cherry, spice and some sea salt. Good overall. (1752 views)
 Tasted by fbrack on 2/10/2013 & rated 90 points: This is an amazing value for a Priorat. Priorats normally sell for a lot more. It has a wonderful cherry taste, very smooth, with a delicious aftertaste. I buy it year after year, and I am getting near the end of the 2009s. The 60 rating should be disregarded as a freak situation which should not have been rated, in my opinion. You can trust this wine in future vintages, based on past performance. (1727 views)
 Tasted by MikeHikeEat on 11/27/2012 & rated 90 points: Deep, rich, red color. Deep plum and dark cherry flavors with well balanced tannins and oak. (1809 views)
 Tasted by NickHBailey on 10/26/2012 & rated 60 points: Based on other reviews, I was super excited to try this wine. To start, it was tasting like a really great value. Then, I ended up with a GIANT BUG (earwig) in my mouth that had somehow made its way into the bottle. Never again, wish I could score below a 60. (1921 views)
 Tasted by degrandcru on 7/20/2012 & rated 89 points: I find this an extremely good value. Has to breeth for about 2 hours. Lots of cherry and some black currant which hints to the cab in it. Some chocolate and tabaco and a long beautiful finish which begs for another glass. (1798 views)
 Tasted by Morrillism on 5/23/2012 & rated 89 points: This is a surprisingly good 'value priced' wine from the Priorat. Very enticing aromas of black cherry and bacon fat. Medium bodied and not at all hot for a 15% alcohol wine. Lots of typical Granache cherry flavors and although it's only modestly complex, there's enough there to keep you interested. It's ready now and I'll buy more as an everyday drinker (no need to cellar nor would it last). (1889 views)
 Tasted by Euell Gophar on 3/26/2012 & rated 89 points: Tobacco and plum palate. Balanced tannins. Would buy again. (1801 views)
 Tasted by DanSm on 2/6/2012 & rated 80 points: Nothing special here (1778 views)
 Tasted by Mfriedman12 on 1/20/2012 & rated 87 points: Light in color, like cherry soda, but very lush flavors. Slightly sweet, but showing layers of spice, chocolate and berries. This is an excellent wine for the money. Can be a pizza wine, yet I wouldn't hesitate to serve this with more upscale food. I added five more bottles the next day (1811 views)
 Tasted by andtheodor on 1/1/2012 & rated 86 points: Same as before. Juicy, young, decent concentration and complexity. Decent value. (1984 views)
 Tasted by thecasses on 10/27/2011 & rated 91 points: Nice nose, tastes a little sweet (but not TOO sweet) and fruity on the tongue. Spicy finish. Opens nicely. (2433 views)
 Tasted by df1962 on 10/2/2011 & rated 88 points: PnVnD let air for 2hrs. Solid claret purple with a red rim not saturated. Strawberry pie coffe and earth aromas. Medium weight polished tannins with a leathery grip at the end. Big burst of spicy strawberry and cherry flavors (Grenache) leap onto the palate. Spicy cinnamon coffee tabacco and leather at the finish. Always risky with a reasonably priced Priorat but this delivers good value. (2548 views)
 Tasted by andtheodor on 9/24/2011 & rated 86 points: Sweet, juicy and primary grape nose showing some elements of berry and soil. Macerated berry, crushed herb and rock, perhaps a touch weedy. Spicy, Grenache-driven palate that is tart, acidic, and slatey. Recognizably Priorat, and pretty good for $14. Fair expression, if a little hot. (2565 views)
 Tasted by Merengue on 8/10/2011 & rated 88 points: Overall very decent, enjoyable good sipping wine for which food pairing is not a must. Medium bodied, beautiful ruby color. Fruity, nose of cherries, good balance betwwen fruit and acidity. (2744 views)
 Tasted by smphelps on 8/8/2011 & rated 87 points: A thin maroon. White pepper, and lots of it, with a bit of cherry mixed in. Rather straightforward, certainly not complex, and rather high alcohol (the bottle says 15% but seems like more). Some sense of ground, but mostly peppered cherries without a lot of depth. Keeping in mind it is a $13 dollar bottle, not too bad. (2781 views)
 Tasted by nlassow on 4/24/2011: Similar to first note. Drank with a rich chocolate cake. Good pairing. (3358 views)
 Tasted by dhammer53 on 4/18/2011 & rated 84 points: Weak and flimsy. Pinot Noir color (lighter red). (3556 views)
 Tasted by nlassow on 4/6/2011: Not anywhere close to the other notes. This exhibited smoked pork belly on the nose and palate, and it wasn't faint. There was a hint of green/cabbage, but this was mostly like liquid bacon, in a good way. Will buy again and hope this wasn't just an off bottle. Surprised at how was this drank for such a young bottle. Unexpectedly, this paired well with green chile enchilada casserole. (3424 views)
 Tasted by gnosis on 3/24/2011: This wine does almost nothing for me. Easy drinking red blend is all I say. Nothing of Priorat character at all. Don't be misled. Even for price, it is international, polished, but zero dirt showing. Much better selections for the price. Thumbs down. (3341 views)
 Tasted by chapel hill wino on 10/18/2010: some complexity. nose is tight, even on day two, red fruit and a little herb and piney notes, hollow mid palate, slight desiccation on the finish. Good with soup, but nothing special. OK (3813 views)
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By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, Issue #11 (3/18/2012)
(Bodegas y Viñedos de Cal Grau Priorat La Cartuja) Login and sign up and see review text.   89 points
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Vinos de España - Wines of Spain (Instituto Español de Comercio Exterior) | Wikipedia

Spain is the third largest wine producing nation in the world, occupying the majority of the Iberian Peninsula with vast diversity in climate, culture, and of course, wine. From inky, dark reds of the [Priorat] to dry, white Finos from Andalusia, Spain can easily boast of elaborating a wide variety of notable styles. Within Spain there are currently 62 demarcated wine regions, of which a handful have gained international recognition: [Rioja], Priorat and [Ribera del Duero]. Yet these regions are only a small sample of the high quality wines Spain produces. Regions such as Cava, Penedes, Somontano, Galicia, Rueda and Jerez are only a few of the numerous regions worthy of exploration throughout Spain. Spain can also lay claim to having the most land under vine in the world, growing up to, by some accounts, 600 indigenous varietals of which Tempranillo is their most well known. Other popular varietals include [Garnacha], Bobal and Monastrell for reds and for whites; the infamous Palomino Fino grape which is used in the production of sherry wine, Pedro Ximenez in Montilla Morilles, Albarino used in the creation of the bright, effervescent wines of Galicia, and Verdejo in Rueda. - Source: - Catavino.net

Spain is not in the forefront of winemaking for its dessert wines, other than for its sweet wines from Sherry country including the highly revered Olorosos and Amontillados. But apart from Sherry Spain has a range of styles of dessert wines, ranging from the those made from the Pedro Ximenez grape primarily in Jerez and Montilla-Moriles) to luscious, red dessert wines made in the Mediterranean from the Garnacha (Grenache) grape. Some good Moscatels are made in Mallorca, Alicante and Navarre. The northwest corner of Spain, Galicia, with its bitter Atlantic climate, is even making dessert wines, called “Tostadillos” in the village of Ribadivia (similar to France’s “Vin de Paille”). The Canary Islands have made interesting dessert wines for centuries (they are mentioned by Shakespeare, for example) and in recent years the quality of winemaking has been improved and the Canary Islands wines are being better marketed now. The winemaking styles for “Vinos Dulces” are also diverse, from “Late Harvest” (Vendimia Tardía) to “Fortified Wines” (Fermentación Parcial). Based on in-spain.info.


About 100 kilometers from Barcelona, Priorat originated as a distinct recognized wine region in 1932, and was approved in 1954.

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