2002 Oriel Wines Alma de Llicorella Priorat D.O.Q.

Mission Codename: The Soul of the Priorat

Operative: Agent White

Objective: Visit the Priorat region in Spain’s Catalonia and secure an exclusive allocation of a delicious red blend from esteemed local winemaker Sara Pérez.

Mission Status: Accomplished!

Current Winery: Oriel Wines

Wine Subject: 2002 Alma de Llicorella Priorat D.O.Q.

Winemaker: Sara Pérez

Backgrounder: The Priorat D.O.Q. (or Priorata DOCa) in Spain’s Catalonia (Bajo Penedes) is a region that is known for making rich and bold red blends of Cabernet, Garnacha (Grenache), Carinena (Carignan), Merlot and other local varietals. And while neighboring regions are well known for the region’s sparkling classic Cava, this regions dry and warm climate and extremely poor solid results in grape vines that struggle leading to intense and flavorful fruit of great character.

Today’s delicious and exclusive selection, made by esteemed local winemaker Sara Pérez is a classic blend of 60% Carinena and 40% Garnacha and is representative of the new breed of elegant wines being produced from the region.

Wine Spies Tasting Profile:

Look – Deep ruby red with a clear core that turns just slightly murky at its heart. Brighter ruby red along the edges and when swirled pencil thin legs of varying speeds are randomly space around the glass.

Smell – Warm, tangy and bold on the nose with great aromas of ripe red fruit including cherry and plum. Slightly hot spice, cedar cigar box and tobacco, a touch of earthiness and oaky notes adds complexity and invites a sip.

Feel – Velvet smooth on entry with well rounded tannins, this full-bodied and dry wine has tangy vibrant acidity and a touch if crisp textured minerality that hits at mid palate and holds the fruit tight into the finish.

Taste – Much more restrained on the palate than the aromatic nose would indicate, this complex wine brings a perfect old-world palate to its rich and tangy fruit. Red and black cherry, dark plum, warm spice and cedar box mingle with earthy, oaky and mineral notes.

Finish – Extremely long with the ripe fruit and earthy notes fading just before the warm spice, tangy acidity and textured minerality lasts and lasts.

Conclusion – The 2002 Oriel Wines Alma de Llicorella Priorat D.O.Q. is a truly delicious wine that brings a fresh and aromatic ‘new world’ nose and perfectly combines it with ‘old world’ texture and palate. Great complexity from start to finish, well structured and long lasting. A wine to pair with spicy tapas or even richer preparations of seafood, and of course chorizo or roasted meats. Enjoy tonight as this wine is in its peak!

Wine Spies Vineyard Check:

The approximate location of the Priorat region in Catalonia can be seen in this satellite photo.

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