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Montebro Priorat Crianza 2016


Synopsis, Our Opinion: A “Not Bad” Spanish Priorat.

Producer/Winery: Viña Tridado, S.L.; Les Borges del Camp, Spain

Grape Variety: Blend – 49% Carignan, 27% Grenache, 15% Merlow,, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Syrah.

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Priorat; Catalunya, Spain.

Vintage: 2016

Price: $14.40 (with a 10% mixed case discount)

Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: Marabella chicken, orzoto and carrots in orange sauce.

Tasting:

    Opened one hour before drinking. Just on the edge of being opaque, dark ruby color with a lighter rim. Dark fruit, peppery spice and fresh bailed hay aromas with hints of sweet vanilla from start to finish. Very smooth entry, lusty and sensuous mouthfeel, medium body and a 150-grit texture. Earthy blackberry, boysenberry and juicy sweet raspberry fruit flavors. Medium very well integrated acidity, somewhat soft fine grained tannins that had just a little grip in the long dusty and fruity finish. WOW what a subdued and fruity Priorat wine. Unfortunately we had this same dinner with a very delicious Spanish Priorat yesterday (See: Buil & Giné Priorat Giné Giné 2016) and it was so much better we were disappointed with this wine. Its silky texture and juicy sweet fruit just didn’t cut it. If we had not had such a excellent pairing the night before I’m sure we would have been more positive with this wine. However, given the circumstances we called this a “Not Bad” Spanish Priorat.

A hillside vineyard in Priorat
Photo from Catavino.

Comments: Learn more about Montebro and their parent company Reserva de la Tierra.

Alcohol Content: 14%

Closure: Foil covered 50mm Natural cork.

UPC Code: 8 79591 00034 4

Imported by: Vinaio Imports; Bronx, New York.