Les Eres 2003, Priorat

I am a HUGE fan of Priorats. It really is my favorite wine. When I see one I haven’t tried before I typically buy it and I’m always looking for it on retaurant wine menus. Priorat is a Spanish wine and just like French wines, Spanish wines are named after the region not the grape. Priorats are typically blends of grenache, carignan and cabernet sauvignon grapes.

The Les Eres 2003 is a vintage of only 7,500 bottles and is made from old vines like most Priorats. The old vines typically are low yield but have a high concentration. This wine uses 98 year old vines for 45% carignan, 88 year old vines for 35% grenache, 25 year old for 15% cabernet sauvignon and 98 year old vines for 5% picapoll. The wine is matured for 16 months in new french oak barrels.

This wasn’t the best Priorat I’ve had but it was very good. I would give it about 92 points. Really great fruity aroma and very nice smooth, long lingering flavor with a really nice finish. You get cherries, vanilla and licorice flavors. The tannins aren’t that strong. I particularly like Priorats compared to Cab’s because the fruit doesn’t seem as jammy as a cab. There are way too many cabs that seem to be overwhelmed by the fruit and excessive alcohol which don’t seem to come together to create a good wine drinking experience whereas Priorats seem to have better balance.

Here’s a review from Stephen Tanzer:

Rated: 91 by Josh Raynolds, Sep/Oct 06 – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

Inky ruby. Intensely floral, expressive nose offers a wild bouquet of blackberry, blueberry, minerals, incense, tobacco and espresso. Dense, weighty and powerful, with dark fruit and graphite flavors that are remarkably intense but also focused and pure. Finishes sweet and long, with a persistent flavor of boysenberry.

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