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Galena 2006 (2 bottles)
Camins del Priorat 2008 (2 bottles)
Serras del Priorat 2009 (2 bottles)
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Red Crianza. Domini de la Cartoixa Priorat, Spain Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carignan
Bottle: £12.64 club members / £14.88 non-members
When blind tasted, the first sensations revealed by Galena 2006 recall the refinement and style of Álvaro Palacios. It shows wonderful maturity and has in particular a clean quality with great freshness. Notes of extra fine cocoa and orange citrus fruits set the pulses racing. This is definitely a fine wine - muscular and well-developed - that amply satisfies the taste buds.
A very fine Priorat indeed!
Aged for 12 months in French and American oak barrels.
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Young red Crianza. Álvaro Palacios Priorat, Spain Carignan, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah
Bottle: £10.76 club members / £12.67 non-members
Camins del Priorat is presented as their entry-level wine, yet it still has its own character: a wine for those who can appreciate something that is tastefully beautiful and pleasantly fragrant. Purplish in colour, among its aromas there are clear hints of the skin of ripe fruit, juicy fruit like… watermelon! Flowers are constantly present too, with touches that remind us of a close relative, Pétalos del Bierzo…, or of Belgian beer like Franziskaner, due to that mix of flowers and banana (try it, coming up slowly to the glass and taking a deep breath). On the palate, there’s a refined onslaught of blackberries and blackcurrants; this is a wine with a full-bodied feel and a velvety texture. What more could you ask from an entry-level wine?
Camins, Camins (walks), walking on the moon...
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Young red Crianza. Clos Figueras Priorat, Spain Grenache, Carignan, Syrah
Bottle: £10.10 club members / £11.89 non-members
Serras del Priorat bears a certain resemblance to Alain Graillot’s wines (the Rhone, France): a wonderful purple shade, notable tears and boldly fragrant aromas of liquor, cocoa, coffee and charcoal embers. It comes as a surprise to encounter definite aromatic notes typical of white winemaking, a distinctive trait that endows Serras with fine balsamic acidity on the nose.
This is a rounded, voluminous wine, juicy and intense, with just a whiff of carbonated liveliness; but if you want to enjoy it at its optimum, then wait a while and leave it to settle down. Displaying plenty of energy at present, it augurs extremely well for the future.
Perfect as an accompaniment to turbot served with lime and thyme.
Aged for 8 months in 300 and 500-litre second year French oak barrels.
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