Priorat Wine

This region within Catalunya (Catalonia) is known for its distinguishing soil type, known locally as licorella (The Catalan word for “licorice”) and to the rest of Spain as pizarra. The soil resembles shiny, black rock, with veins of brown-red, minerally earth. In some places this crumbles easily and in others it’s very rigid. This forces the vines’ roots to dig very deep for water, adding mineral intensity to the grapes grown there. The arid region receives a small amount of rainfall, making yields low compared to the rest of the country. Therefore, wines from this region, which can be concentrated and magnificent, are also quite costly. In 2000, the region was awarded the country’s highest designation, DOCa (Denominacion de Origen Calificada). 

Priorat wines are produced predominately with Garnacha, often blended with Cariñena, and sometimes additionally Syrah (giving it a distinct Rhone-like expression), Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. 
 
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  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

  • Mourvèdre

    History of the grape: Monastrell is a native of Spain, first grown in Murviedro near Valencia, and was eventually bro...

  • Grenache Blanc

    History of the grape: Grenache Blanc is thought to be a mutation of Grenache Noir, more often referred to as just Gre...

  • Carignan

    History of the grape: The grape has been traced as far back as the 3rd century in the Aragon province in Spain. The A...

  • Ugni Blanc

    Because so many Italian varieties are known as Trebbiano, its history is unclear. It may be named after the river Tre...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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  • Gratavinum

    In the wild and rugged landscape of the Priorat , a dramatic struggle for survival of the vine is...

  • Capafons-Osso

    Capafons-Ossó family has been dedicated to growing vineyards and producing wines for five genera...

  • Francisco Castillo

    New to the United States, Clos Dominic embodies the region of Priorat with its very small product...

  • Mas Igneus

    Mas Igneus was founded in 1996, the result of a joint venture between Josep Maria Albet, Josep Ma...

  • Costers del Siurana

    Two decades ago with the foundation of this cellar and the creation of these Wines, Charles Pastr...

  • Conreria d'Scala Dei

    The Conreria d'Scala Dei producers some of the most special wines from Priorat. Jordi Vidal is th...

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  • Juan Gil Bluegray Priorat 2013

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    A bit racy when first uncorked, but given the time it opens up with a very dry and slightly spicy finish. Read More

    Wine review by RSPDiver


  • Mark, that personalized label reminds me of the Old Vine "F"red from ... ... Volk.Had this nice white Priorat tonght.  I go back to this quite often as a daily drinker, a nice diversion from the regular whites and about $1 Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • A few recent purchases. Thanks to RCKR1951 for the H3 Blend suggestion, this ... Good call RCKR1951.Bluegray Priorat 2013, Spain45% Garnacha, 30% Mazuelo, 25% Cabernet SauvignonHaven't tried yet, but I anticipate happiness. (-:Domaine Rolet Arbois 2011, France/Jura40% Poulsard, 30% Pinot, 30% TrousseauHaven't tried yet, really interested in th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Greg's opinions shouldn't really count in this context since he's a ... for him (southern Rhone or Priorat). I've had some Priorat garnachas that almost taste like burgundies, anyway.Greg, what was your F-i-L playing?BLM, do you smoke any of your sausage?Great photo, DV. He was famous for spending way too many hours and days and weeks and month... Read More

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  • What herbs/spices in the sausage? What sides?With his first recording would be ... even a southern Rhone or a Priorat. The list could go on, but need more dat Read More

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  • Pasanau Priorat Ceps Nous 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by Teppo


  • Torres Priorat Salmos 2010

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    Wine review by Teppo


  • Finca Dofi Alvaro Palacios 2014

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    Wine review by Teppo


  • Mas d'En Gil Priorat Bellmunt 2011

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    Wine review by Teppo


  • I'm guessing most folks have heard of and many have tried the red wines ... very much like that white Priorat I posted about above. Well, about a week ago I was in the same wine store where I found that white La Morera and the proprietor nodded at me and said he had obtained 12 bottles of this nice 2014 Châteauneuf Blanc at a very reasonable p... Read More

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