(2022) Made from 40-year-old vines and aged for 15 months in French oak barrels, this blends Grenache and Carignan with 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. All come from the high-elevation slate soils of the Priorat region, and synthetic chemicals are not used in the vineyards. It has a finely-wrought cherry, spice and floral nose, power beneath with more ripe black fruit character, but plenty of elegance. In the mouth an endive twist of liquoricy bitterness is lovely against sweetly ripe and intense, Amarone-like mid-palate fruit. The oak is polished and creamy, touching on chocolaty, and the finish with tight tannins and cherry acidity is lovely. One of the stars of this tasting.
(2012) Aged in older French oak barrels for eight months, this blend of 50% Carignena, 40% Garnacha, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah delivers burstingly fresh black fruit with a certain floral and jammy lift of pomegranate and black cherry. There's a sense of plush depth too, and a slick of vanilla beneath. That vanilla and sweet, sweet fruit silkiness coat the palate, with a big, creamy ripeness of cherry and plum, and just delicious fruit and balance. Firm tannins and a good acidity as well as a hit of spice add some chewy seriousness on the finish.