Onix Priorat 2006
Located 100 miles southwest of Barcelona, the D.O Priorat is one of the most secluded and difficult to work vineyard sites in the world. Vines that average sixty years in age cling to steep hillsides composed of shards of slate called "llicorella." The arid climate and lack of soil force the roots deep into crevices in the bedrock. A blend of 50% Grenache and 50% Cariñena produces a wine of deep purple color with a bouquet of dark plums, sweet black cherries and hints of rosemary, lavender and mint. The low yielding vines provide intense fruit flavors carried by soft round tannins and a touch of pepper in the finish.
Given that I'm giving this thing five full cups, let's start with the bad: there's no discernible vintage on this bottle. "CLÀSSIC" ≠ vintage. I don't know what the red symbol is, but I don't like that, either. Nevertheless, this is a damn good wine. Pleasant on the nose and medium-bodied on the palate. If you're like everyone else these days (looking for something unoaked) you've come to the wrong wine. This is definitely oaked, but not in the Napa, wood-chip style. I'm loathe to say it, but "classic" hits the nail on the head.
Amazing butterscotch and prune aroma. Beautiful deep purple color. Body between a pinot noir and cabernet sauvignon. Wonderful find...thanks Jose Ordonez!
I can't believe they grow such a good wine in this region.