Aromas of smoke, earth and some dark fruit. The palate is quite nice - bbq, beef jerky, black cherry, hints of earth/dried herbs/spice. Integrated medium acidity/tannins, medium finish. Continuing to drink great, definitely peaked but should last a couple more years.
Finally, a Priorat that meets the hype. Lots of people have been oohing and aahing about these wines, but I have no had one that really stood out. This one did. Big without being brutish. Deep but not overpowering. Really well-done. Needed to breathe for just a bit.
My palate has really veered away from these big, super-ripe reds. That said, this wasn't _too_ over the top - I'm fine that this was my last one and won't miss it, but was able to somewhat enjoy it despite the big alcohol and the prune elements. My wife & neighbor both loved it; they're more fans of blockbuster reds. These were a very, very good value for what they were, a few years ago, at $26 per.
Tapas at Amada in Philly. Very nice, firmly structured, and remarkably restrained Priorat. Very classy and carefully made. I would like to spend more time with this, perhaps with just a simple cut of meat or some aged manchego. There was a bit too much going on at the table to judge this carefully.
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