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A Pair from Priorat


I am still catching up after International Gold Cup so just a short post today.  Both of these Priorat wines are from the 2010 vintage which saw warm summer days followed by rain before the harvest.  However cool, drying air helped prevent any problems.  Both of these wines are quite good and the quality tracks with the price.   The Glop is an enjoyable wine for drinking over the short-term.  The Gotes is a partial step up whose charms are evident from the very first glass.   Somehow I missed out on the 2009 vintage of Glop.  For my post about the 2008 Glop please look here.  These two wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

2010 Mayol Viticultors, Glop, Priorat – $19
Imported by Elite Wines.  This wine is a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Carignan, and 20% Syrah.  It was aged for four months in mostly used French oak barrels.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The color is a medium purple ruby.  The light nose is of fresh, field berries.  In the mouth the athletic red fruit follows the nose.  It is lightly concentrated with powdery texture, integrated acidity and tannins.  There is a little cinnamon that mixes with the tart, pebbly red fruit.  Though a big wine it is not overdone and easy to drink.  *** Now-2016.

2010 Portal del Priorat, Gotes del Priorat, Priorat – $24
Imported Fruit of the Vine.  This wine is a blend of 45% Carignan, 35% Grenache, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from soils of Llicorella.  It was aged for 12 months in French oak barrels.  Alcohol 14%.  The nose is dark and sweet with ripe fruit which has a floral backing and hints of blueberry.  In the mouth there is good fruit which is both red and blue with well-integrated acidity, powdery texture, and good depth of flavor.  The flavors expand in the middle then become ripe and minerally.  The drying tannins become evident in the aftertaste.  *** Now-2018.

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