10/04/2011 – Taste the Difference, Priorat 2007

Taste the Difference, Priorat 2007, Spain
A wine this week from Priorat, a hot area of northeast Spain close to Barcelona, where the Garnacha (Grenache) grape is king and where the vines are planted in slate soils on steep, often terraced hillsides similar to those in the Douro Valley. This example is unashamedly big, ripe and jammy, with a nose flooded with bramble and cassis fruit, plenty of cedar and chocolate oak and a touch of background earthiness. On the palate a great, thick smear of blackcurrant jam crosses the tongue, with abundant ripeness and sweetness, and plenty of oaky depth too. The tannins and acidity do enough to give this balance, but it remains a straightforward, big and very plushly modern example. Watch the video for more information and food matching advice. 9.99, on offer at 7.49 until 26th April 2011, Sainsbury’s.