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Recent Spanish Wines

The 2009 Scala Dei, Negre is an affordable Priorat and a generous wine on the nose and in the mouth.  I rather liked the flavors but the wine was so full of fruit I could only have a glass at a time.  I did prefer it on the second night when it tightened up.  The 2009 Sandoval, Salia is rather different with its cooler, younger fruit.  While I preferred the 2008 vintage reviewed in Two Wines From Fincs Os Cobatos and Finca Sandoval the 2009 remains serious.  I picked up the 2010 Maurodos, Prima because it was over one year ago since I tasted the 2009 vintage reviewed in A Pair of Affordable Spanish Wines.   I enjoyed this wine and am curious to taste it again in the fall. These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.


2009 Scala Dei, Negre, Priorat – $15
Imported by Aveniu Brands.  This wine is 100% Grenache sourced from soils of llicorella which was fermented in stainless steel.  Alcohol 14.5%.  This was a little loose in the nose with some meaty aromas, sweet tea and herbs, along with blueberry paste.  In the mouth it was forward and full of berries and blue fruit.  There was a soft start,  spicy fruit in the middle, a hint of heat in the finish along with dried herbs and some minerals.  There were gobs of flavor in this lush wine, it eventually took on some grip the second night.  ** Now.


2009 de Finca Sandoval, Salia, Manchuela – $17
Imported by The Country Vintner.  This wine is a blend of 49% Syrah, 30% Garnacha Tintorera, and 21% Garnacha Tina which was aged for one year in American oak.  Alcohol 13.5%.  The nose was of red cherries, cork, woodsy aromas, and herbs.  In the mouth there was some texture to the red fruit before taking on a little blue and black fruit.  There was a cool-climate aspect to this young wine.  ** 2014-2016.


2010 Bodegas y Vinedos Maurodos, Prima, Toro – $17
Imported by Grapes of Spain.  This wine is a blend of Tinta do Toro and Garnacha which was fermented in stainless steel then aged for 12 months in French and American oak.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The nose was low-lying with aromas of blue fruit and tobacco.  In the mouth there was a bit more thickness with flavors of vanilla, red, and blue fruits.  The flavors were fine and powdery with a low-lying nature.  The sweet tannins coated the lips leaving the dual impressions of being a young wine for the cellar but also one which should be drunk now.  ** Now-2015.


  1. October 18, 2013 at 10:10 am

    If you’re ever back around, make sure to try the Garnatxes de Scala Dei. Single vineyard, single varietal, high altitude Grenache wines that are just stunning.

    Vinologue Priorat

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