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 Vintage2007 Label 1 of 2 
TypeRed
ProducerMelis (web)
VarietyGrenache Blend
DesignationElix
Vineyardn/a
CountrySpain
RegionCatalunya
SubRegionn/a
AppellationPriorat

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2015 (based on 3 user opinions)

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Community Tasting Notes (average 90.7 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 29 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by vinolovers on 10/18/2014 & rated 92 points: Nice dark coloring when poured. Subdued black fruits, along with some plum notes. A well structured wine with some grip but the tannins have faded. Smooth and ready to drink. (427 views)
 Tasted by bjamesclark on 7/6/2014 & rated 91 points: Decanted 3+ Hours
Dark red in color with a watery meniscus. Viscosity is high and the slow falling legs hold the color moderately. This is showing moderate+ concentration and bright reflections.
Grenache dominate aromas present with moderate+ intensity. Jammy fruit aromas of strawberry and raspberry with notes of plum, wild berry and fig. Non fruit aromas of spice, mineral, leather, brandy and anise.
The palate is focused and drinking well. Acid is moderate+. The ripe tannins are moderate. This wine has medium+ mid palate density, and a smooth full texture. Flavors of ripe plum, and fig mix with dried strawberry and raspberry upfront then notes of slate, licorice, and leather quickly take over. additional flavors of leaf tobacco, spice and menthol. The finish is long with moderate/moderate+ intensity that lingers on mineral and plum.
should be able to go a few more years, but drinking very well now. (767 views)
 Tasted by philipmac on 12/27/2013 & rated 91 points: Decanted for 2 hours. The fruit gets more pronounced as it opens more. Can also get a sense of the rocky soil of Priorat in the juice. I noticed this consistency with others I have tasted from that region. For those who have never had wine from Priorat, give this bottling a chance to experiment with. Much more elegant the longer it is open. (1152 views)
 Tasted by MDRwinos on 11/25/2013 & rated 90 points: Crowd fav. Relatively easy drinking. Somewhat less fruit than earlier bottles but still tastey. Will not age any further so drink 'em if you've got 'em. (1195 views)
 Tasted by robmillis on 11/10/2013: Not good. Tasted cooked, poured down the drain, though this has been well cared for since purchase. Last bottle was great, so no score on this one. (1235 views)
 Tasted by jfaulk on 5/1/2013 & rated 90 points: Excellent sipper! (1316 views)
 Tasted by metldr on 3/8/2013: Excellent priorat. Drank both with paella and friends at home. Lovely flavors, wonderful example of grenache. (1138 views)
 Tasted by robmillis on 2/18/2013 & rated 87 points: currant, licorice, blackberry. not amazing, but nice. as another pointed out, the high alcohol content was very much under control, not noticeable to me at all. (936 views)
 Tasted by jrglm on 2/13/2013 & rated 89 points: Very nice wine. Ready to drink. (909 views)
 Tasted by MDRwinos on 10/5/2012 & rated 90 points: Solid drink. A bit hot at opening. Give it :30 (1249 views)
 Tasted by jfaulk on 9/20/2012 & rated 91 points: Pleasantly surprised. Nice balance all around. I was surprised when I read the label - 15% alchol, but very much in check. Nice fruit & support. Only bought 2 bottles - would enjoy more (1097 views)
 Tasted by Kemo Sabe on 7/28/2012 & rated 92 points: Good color, great taste with loads of flavors. A real treat. (1101 views)
 Tasted by MDRwinos on 7/25/2012 & rated 90 points: Consistently good. A bit of heat on open but quickly dissipates. Fruit forward but not overbearing. Good bottle at the price point. (1060 views)
 Tasted by sbfireman on 2/21/2012 flawed bottle: Normally a true favorite. Sad this was off so much. (1525 views)
 Tasted by MDRwinos on 11/6/2011 & rated 90 points: Open and allow to breathe for 30-45 minutes. A bit young but still a solid drinking wine. (1360 views)
 Tasted by rikwithnoc on 9/24/2011 & rated 91 points: Velvety tannins. Great balance. Drinkable now (1342 views)
 Tasted by sbfireman on 8/9/2011 & rated 94 points: A favorite that sits long and strong in my wheelhouse. (1664 views)
 Tasted by sbfireman on 6/18/2011 & rated 94 points: Solid go-to wine. Looking forward to the coming years as this juice has great potential. (1751 views)
 Tasted by RussK on 5/30/2011 & rated 90 points: RUSSK WW Priorat at CMax. (1481 views)
 Tasted by sbfireman on 5/20/2011 & rated 93 points: Hidden gem of the night. All were buzzing. Straight pop and pour. Great blend between fruit and tannins and lush finish. Opened up with passing time. Just a great wine. (1746 views)
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By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, September/October 2011, IWC Issue #158
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Melis

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Grenache Blend

Blend components vary widely by producer and region.

Spain

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.

Priorat

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

 
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