2005 Vega Escal Priorat

Priorat, a spanish red wine which seems to be little known but growing in popularity is most definitely my favorite wine varietal. I’ve built a pretty sizeable collection since I first tried it about 2 years ago. That first glass just blew me away and now I pretty much can’t resist buying a priorat if I see one I haven’t tried. And the first thing I look for on a restaurant wine list is a priorat. I think all my friends are tired of hearing me wax on about my love for priorat, but atleast we drink really good wine together.

I’ve gone through a couple of cases of the 2005 Vega Escal. No, not me on my own, but I opened a case for a party at my place a couple of months ago. Every single person who tried it seemed to love it. It really goes down well, very smooth, great flavor. It’s great value at around $20. It’s a blend of 60% Carinena, 30% Garnacha, and 10% Syrah aged for six months in French and American oak.

Here’s a review from Jay Miller of The Wine Advocate “Deep crimson-colored, it offers up a spicy bouquet of cedar, mineral, plum, black cherry, and blueberry. This leads to a smooth-textured, layered wine with enough structure to evolve for 2-3 years. This lengthy effort will drink well from 2010 to 2018.”

Another from IWC “Inky ruby. Ripe cherry and blackberry aromas are complicated by smoky minerals and anise. Expressive dark berry flavors show light weight but impressive purity, with brisk minerality gaining strength on the back end. Graceful and edge-free, with very good finishing clarity and cut. This is extremely easy to drink. . (Grapes of Spain, Lorton, VA)”

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