Followed over 3 days. First day was more primary yet delicious flavors of vanilla, strawberry and dusty ripe cherries. Good balance of acidity and just enough tannins to give off some dryness in the end but mostly all integrated. Day 2 was a bit harsher an awkward as it lost all the vanilla and fruit notes and did not transform into anything interesting. By day 3, the wine developed a nice profile of tobacco with earthy/spicy notes with a faint hint of red cherries.
Interesting to follow this wine and the oak influence from sweet vanilla initially to rustic tobacco. Drink now if you want more of the sweet red fruit and vanilla notes. Drink in ~3-5 years w/ a short decant to enjoy it more as an old-world wine. At under $30 for a Priorat, great QPR and a huge step up from the "black slate" production.
Lovely complicated nose of animal funk, cedar, acetone, oil, blackened berries, light pepper and forest hues. On the palate woody notes and bright mouthwatering red fruits, subtle cocoa and spices. Full in the mouth blending with dancing tannin. Finishes with meats and long lingering elegant tannin, warm wood and fruits. PJG: 91
Aroma: licorice, char, dark fruit Palate: tannic, prune/plum/rhubarb/cherry, primary taste is not fruit. Leather, tobacco, smooth and delicious 14% alcohol. The best inexpensive ($26.00) priorat I've tasted.
For a wine served by the glass at a pub this was nothing short of a revelation. Young but with enough smooth fruit to counteract any harsh edges. Hugely enjoyable; describing it as fun would be patronising in the extreme towards this classy wine, yet despite its power it was eminently gluggable. I can't rate it meaningfully as it has proved far too alluring for anything other than this gushing eulogy, but it seems well worth a purchase.
dark and aromatic, shows a ton of fresh red berries and forest on the nose, polished in texture, smooth, seamless, juicy black raspberries, liquorish, Bing cherry and mineral in the mouth, long finish with spice and earthy notes, complex and easy to drink, this is a well-made wine that is right in the center of the drinking window, drink now, delicious
Drank socially, no detailed notes. Excellent showing for a value Priorat. Lovely. Was still drinkingg beautifully the next day, without refridgeration or gassing. This has a long tasty life ahead of it.
I bought this direct from the cellar in 2011. It was good then, but needed some time. It has developed nicely since, with a round, structured nose and fresh red berries. On the palate it is now much smoother, rich and deep, but with enough acidity and tannins that it will take some more time in the cellar yet. Great wine.
This bottle underperformed compared to others I've tasted from Joan Sangenis. May have been slightly corked? Had some woody notes on nose and palate that were a bit distracting.
Other than that, good dark fruit w/ very nice rich mouthfeel - quite strong slate/mineral component on palate & finish. Good, high levels of acidity. It just seemed to have been a bit over-oaked (or was possibly a slightly off-bottle.)
Deep, fruity, rich and powerful black fruit nose and taste such as ripe plum and blackcurrant with penetrating fresh leaf and herbal aroma. Fine tannin and structure. Easy to drink. Very enjoyable. Need at least 1-2 hours to decant for optimal serving.
Decanted 2 hours. Deep, young, vibrant color, right to the rim. Right off the bat this has a gorgeous nose of fresh savory herbs and bright black licorice that leads the way to rich, viscous and complex flavors of ripe plum, garrique and spiced dark cherries. Everybody is playing well together and this finishes bright, long and harmonious. Very nice, indeed. Drink now through 2015.