I'm impressed with the way this wine pulls off a new world fruit-forwardness but retains its own likeable identity, especially given the price point. Very dark garnet. Blackcurrant syrup, oak, smoke, flowers on the nose. Gobs and gobs of blackcurrant and wild cherry candy with a touch of rosewater, cedar cigar box. The rise and fall of the fruit is very nice: powerful, but doesn't just smack you in the face and disappear-- swells up, sustains then exits slowly on the long finish. Seems at its peak. Really a 90+.
Earth, grilled meat, florals and dark fruit aromas. Either my palate has changed or this isn't as good as it was three years ago. A touch hot with meaty and jammy notes. Fairly low acid, moderate integrated tannins. I agree this should probably be consumed by the end of its 10th birthday.
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(Vega Escal Priorat) #3; (tasted blind) COLOR-dark; NOSE-very perfumed and floral (rose petals, lilacs, pansies); freshly made hot raspberry jam; PALATE-great minerality; I get a sausage/kielbasa play; obvious plum juice; good structure and oomph; very good wine and well made, but lacks some charisma (after opening and seeing that this was $20, Gary was much more impressed w/ it's QPR); JM-90; GV-90
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