11-05-2017

Tast del Decenni of 2007 DOQ Priorat

Following are the tastings notes for the 2007 DOQ Priorat wines. Please read my reflections on this tasting and the vintage as a whole first. Not that while I’m quite happy normally using my three star scoring system, I’ve opted for the 100 point scale as a more finite system is needed for tasting such as these.

Mas d’en Compte – Blanc
Leesy with strident lemon pith notes, light almond nuttiness, pleasing oxidative notes with a pinch of dried flowers. Rather flat on the mouth and lacking any and all intensity with just minor tertiary notes trailing in to the finish.
60% White Grenache 20% Xarel·lo 20% Picapoll 84

Gran Clos – Blanc
Tart green pear, dried green apple, bit of tar and rubber notes along with young hazelnut. Fresh lemon zest and still quite strong acidity that is pushing the wine along although the rubbery notes stick a bit in the finish. Still very much alive and maturing.
60% White Grenache 40% Macabeu 88

Hildalgo Albert – 1270
Fresh red cherry and cranberry notes, still quite juicy. Touch of sage, fennel, and wild herbs. Slight bit dense on the palate but still very well integrated, clean, and maintaining freshness despite the age.
40% Grenache, 20% Carignan, 15% Cab Sauvignon, 15% Syrah 90

Mas d’en Gil – Clos Fontà
Light tar and licorice along with dark and red cherry notes, and a little bit of reduction at the edges. Medium minus intensity in the body with a decent degree of tannic strength, still a bit light in the finish.
70% Grenache, 20% Carignan, 10% Cab Sauvignon 86

Ametller – Els Igols
Dark cherries, earth, bit of currant and plum, Frenchy notes speak out, dried herbs, tobacco, and light toasted notes along with rather forceful fruit still. Plum and ripe fruit in the body although the tannic structure is getting a quite thin and shows a bit of VA.
60% Grenache, 15% Carignan, 25% Cab Sauvignon & Merlot 83

Mas Alta – Creu Alta
Potent fruit notes, prune, cocoa, bit of violet, seemingly Carignan [as tasted blind]. Bit overripe. Still very good acidity in the body, strong, leading tannins, and good integration as well.
85% Carignan, 15% Grenache 90

Clos del Portal – Somni
Light red cherry with a rather big whap of balsamic notes, stony mineral notes, bit of reduction and volatility. Quite soft tannins in the mouth, more chocolate and coffee notes prevalent as well as mushroom character.
50% Carignan, 50% Syrah 88

Mas Sinén – Coster
Aromatically quite light, crisp red cherry notes, alcoholic kirsch notes prevalent. Plump red fruit with a good deal of youthful tartness to it and general freshness. Crisp finish of decent length.
50% Grenache, 40% Carignan, 10% Cab Sauvignon 89

Gran Clos – Cartus
Light red cherry with a bit of rubbery notes along with tea leaves, tobacco, and a bit of chocolate. Fresh and lively in the mouth, still holding a good amount of primary fruit, good intensity and length.
75% Grenache, 25% Carignan 91

Álvaro Palacios – Clos Dofí
Bit animal with touches of leather and brett, good upright fruit, red and dark cherry notes, minor minerality. Plump, ripe fruit in the mouth, more prune notes comes through as well as some raisiny bits. Good persistence but the alcoholic notes remain quite prevalent and dominate.
55% Grenache, 25% Cab Sauv, 20% Syrah 85

Mas Martinet – Clos Martinet
Quite ripe red fruit notes that are verging on overripe and potent, more than a hint of reduction. Fine and well-structured tannins in the mouth but a bit hollow in the mid palate, with rather low persistence in the finish.
60% Grenache, 18% Carignan, 18% Syrah, 4% Others 84

Joan Simó – Les Eres
Dominated by brett, knocking out the ripe red cherry fruit in the nose. Mineral notes hanging on but the alcohol is quite prevalent. Surprisingly well-formed tannins in the mouth give a bit of freshness to it. Fermentation was possibly spontaneous and ran a bit too hot as there’s a decent wine in it that has died aromatically.
65% Carignan, 25% Hairy Grenache, 10% Cab Sauvignon 83

Mas Doix – Mas Doix
Ripe dark cherry, minor minerality, alcoholic notes, kirsch, and a bit of rubber. Fine tannins but a bit overpowering in the body, alcohol still rides through and acidity is too light.
55% Carignan, 45% Grenache 88

Clos Mogador – Clos Mogador
Quite reductive, rather light dark fruit, minor dried herbs. Light minerality and lacking in aromatic intensity. Light and thin on the palate with oxidative notes more present but a lingering finish.
40% Grenache, Carignan, Cab Sauvignon, Syrah 85

Merum Priorati – Osmin
Very ripe, pruney fruit, very juicy and raisiny, dried apple blossoms. Very direct, smells more like a 2012 than 2007. Confected on the palate with a strand of sweetness that dominates the rather stewed fruits.
70% Carignan, Grenache, Cab Sauvignon, Merlot 83

Vall Llach – Vall Llach
Good degree of balsamic notes, plum currant and plum notes, lacking any cherry notes indicating a rather high predominance of French varieties. Bit cloying in minerality. Bigger on the palate with a good degree of sweet, dark fruit.
60% Carignan, Merlot, Cab Sauvignon 90

WINES

Ancestral Wine Cellar - Khikhvi 2014 95
First harvest of Khikhvi. Light apricot notes, peach skin, lemon peel. Citric in the mouth, fresh, lively acidity, vibrant. Very holistic, full and deliciously good.
100% Khikhvi · 12% · 30GEL
95 3 Stars

Petriaant Marani - Khikhvi 2015 94
Bruised red apple, touch of lemon peel, limestone minerality, and some white pepper notes at the back of it. High acidity and full in the mouth. Luscious, involving, elegant wine.
100% Khikhvi · 14% · 25GEL
94 3 Stars

Domaine Augustin - Adéodat Blanc 2016 93
Lemon and white peach, strong kick of salinity, and toasted notes. Very fleshy and full on the palate, peach notes more prominent as well as Meyer lemon, medium plus acidity and a lengthy finish.
100% Grenache Gris · 14.5% · 20EUR
93 2 Stars

AA Badenhorst - Secateurs Red Blend 2012 93
Forest bramble with ripe red fruit, touches of cherry, ripe red plum, tiny bit of prune, cumin, anise, black licorice, wet cement mineral note, underlying fig jam. Crisp medium plus acidity, medium tannins, medium plus length, medium alcohol, overall medium plus body that’s ripe and lively but super fresh and balanced at the same time. Bit of rugged wildness to it but doesn’t get out of hand. Easy to drink but with just enough underlying complexity so that it stays interesting.
56% Syrah 27% Cinsaut 6% Grenache 4% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% "Others" · 13.5% · 12EUR
93 2 Stars

Domaine Treloar - Motus 2015 93
Dark ruby, minor rim. Big, mighty bouquet of red cherry and other brambly forest fruit, vanilla, almond blossom, orange peel, and cocoa. Rich and full on the palate with a wealth of tannins still integrating, leading into a crunchy, lingering finish.
80% Mourvèdre 10% Syrah 10% Grenache · 14% · 14EUR
93 2 Stars

Domaine of the Bee - Cuvée 2015 93
Ruby with minor garnet rim. Rich red fruits with an underpinning of ripe plum, orange peel, licorice, cocoa. Broad, round tannins with a touch of toast and sweet cocoa in a long finish. Manages to stay very light on the palate despite the higher alcohol.
50% Grenache 50% Carignan · 15% · 25EUR
93 2 Stars

Tchotiashvili - Khikhvi 2014 93
Apricot, yellow peach, orange peel, and a touch of honey. Quite complex aromatically. Orchard fruit much more prevalent in the mouth with young apricot notes. Rich and elegant, touch of astringency in the finish.
100% Khikhvi · 13.1% · 28GEL
93+ 3 Stars

Domaine Augustin - Adéodat Rouge 2015 92
Medium ruby. Fresh red cherry, raspberry, and young strawberry, lifted and breathy, saline tinge along with light stoniness and rosemary and garrigue. Fresh red fruit on the palate, medium acidity but still light on the palate, fresh, and while the alcohol sticks out a little, holds and excellent, long finish.
Grenache Carignan Mourvèdre · 14.5% · 20EUR
92 2 Stars

Domaine Fontanel - Prieuré 2014 92
Dense ruby with brick flecks. Crisp red fruits, lifted by a waft of volatility making for a light nose with a spicy licorice and leather component. Crisp and lively with red cherry fruit in the mouth and a nudge over medium acidity. Nice, lingering finish.
50% Syrah 25% Grenache 25% Mourvèdre · 14.5%
92 2 Stars

Cave Abbé Rous - Cornet & Cie Blanc 2016 92
Peach, orange peel & blossom, honey, dried apricot, and a hint of green apple. Very nicely balance in the mouth, green apple notes more prevalent, medium plus acidity and a lengthy finish. Fresh, lively, very pleasing wine to drink.
60% Grenache Gris 25% Grenache Blanc 5% Marsanne 5% Roussanne 5% Vermentino · 14.5%
92 2 Stars