Merum Grenache Blend Priorat Ardiles 2005
Ardiles Priorat is deep and moody yet captures a brightness and elegance remarkable for such a powerful wine. Sweet mulberry fruit is surrounded by herbal notes of thyme and fennel and underpinned with a hint of vanilla. Very ripe, fine tannins allow the sweet, juicy fruit to dominate but with the seriousness of leather, tobacco and coffee notes adding complexity. Located in eastern Priorat around the pretty village of porrera, this is in one of the wildest, most rugged terrains, where few vines thrive and those that do produce less than 1 kg of grapes per vine. Vineyards here are not measured in hectares but by numbers of vines planted due to extreme terracing and contours on these stunning mountainsides. There isn't what you'd call soil, more just a carpet of broken black slate called Licorella. In these radical conditions 5 grape varieties thrive on the merum estate: Garnacha, Carinena, Syrah, Cabernet and Merlot. A project founded in 2004 by two Catalan familes, the winemaking side is overseen by oenologist Don Lewis (an Australian whose experience in Spain spans 2 decades) and his collaborator Narelle King. Impeccably made but not 'over polished', these are truly handmade wines: total production in 2004 was 9,000 bottles, fermentation is in small, open top vats with long cuvasion and the wines are intense and seriously complex against a backdrop of bright and vibrant modern fruit. This is great matched with slow-cooked shoulder of lamb, or rabbit braised with olive and herbs.
RiceSelect's creamy Arborio gets blended with sweet potato, coconut milk and vanilla to create this decadent cheesecake. Pairs well with Saunternes; a white dessert wine that has hints of coconut from aging in oak barrels.
Although it's to be expected on a Priorat, the body on this one wasn't enough to shine through the high alcohol. I could tell there was depth and substance down in there somewhere but it just wasn't coming out. Not terrible though, food provides good balance to the wine.
External Reviews for Merum Grenache Blend Priorat Ardiles
Merum Priorati Osmin 2005 and all other wine from Merum Priorati are available for immediate delivery and discounted prices from CheaperCigars.com. We also carry wide variety of wine from Spain and across the globe.
The 2005 Osmin is 42% Garnacha, 25% Carinena, with the balance Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot which was aged in new French oak for 12 months. It is purple in color with a superb bouquet of pain grille, slate, pencil lead, blueberry, and blackberry. Ripe, concentrated, and full-flavored, this is a relatively forward Priorat that will evolve for 2-3 years and drink well through 2020. - Robert Parker 93 Points
Flavors of ripe raspberries gain intensity from the tannins backing them with notes of dark chocolate, chestnuts and sweet spices. The structure is dense and broad, powered by amazing acidity that vibrates over those potent, elegant tannins. The 2005 Osmin is 42% Garnacha, 25% Carinena, with the balance Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot which was aged in new French oak for 12 months. It is purple in color with a superb bouquet of pain grille, slate, pencil lead, blueberry, and blackberry. Ripe, concentrated, and full-flavored, this is a relatively forward Priorat that will evolve for 2-3 years and drink well through 2020.
Food Pairings for Merum Grenache Blend Priorat Ardiles
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Coconut Rice Sweet Potato Cheesecake
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