(2015) A blend of Garnacha, Xarel.lo and Pedro Ximenez. 2,000 bottles are produced, and the wine is fermented in steel but aged in new French oak. When I previously tasted the 2006 vintage I found the oak a little too toasty and dominant. Here there is again a lot of charry toast and also oxidation that gives this a Sherried character - obviously it's a house style because the 2006 was so similar. In the mouth it is rich, ripe and intense, with an almost chewy character to the thick vanilla and toast in the finish, against some very good acidity. It's a curate's egg of a wine this, for me not quite in balance, and yet curiously fascinating, that oxidative style intriguing in the mould of a great Tondonia or Musar white perhaps. What there is, is obvious quality, and while it's a tough one to rate in some ways, I ended up understanding this wine much better than last time - and I really warmed to its singular style.
(2015) Made from 80-year old Garnacha and Cariñena, with a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, this is aged 10 months in French oak. It has a very dark, saturated and youthful colour. The nose is all cassis and glossy black berries, a sheen of graphite and dark cocoa adding to the plush appeal. With 14.5% alcohol it is big and generous stuff on the palate. a fantastically opulent sweep of ultra-sweet, ripe black fruit rushing across the tongue. It is big, but not clumsy, as liquorice and spice, and more of that bittersweet cocoa adds savoury depth, and a good level of tannin and acidity give it some energy and precision. The final impression is the fruit, in a fine Priorat that will surely age for a decade.
(2015) Only about 100 cases are produced of this blend of Garnacha, Cariñena, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. This 2009 is immediately more plummy, meaty and a touch pruney than the MIN 2013, with a stewed fruit compote note, loads of black fruit and a hint of menthol too; clearly super-ripe stuff, though again alcohol is 14.5%. In the mouth this has concentration and weight: extremely ripe and plush, with that baked plum pie and cherry sweetness, but a big meaty, chocolaty, rich and dense support from creamy oak and chunky tannins.
(2012) Focused, mineral nose, dense and meaty, big and chewy on the palate with smoky, bitter chocolate and plush black berry fruit. A touch of coffee and chunky gravelly, tannins. A big wine, but has a creamy plushness, even though the heat and almost raisiny ripeness is there.
(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.
(2011) A gold medal-winning wine composed of Syrah, Garnacha and Mazuelo (Carignan) aged nine months in barrel. There's a dusty, blue-black liquoricy fragrance, with intriguing herbal and gamey nuances. Lots of interest here. The palate has intense and creamy black fruit, but it is wrapped around a spine of sinewy tannin, spicy oak and good acidity that gives this layers of texture and flavour. Another star of this line up.
(2010) 50/50 Garnacha and Carignena. Tight, grippy red fruit. Bloody and gamy, with a graininess and intriguing grip. The palate has lovely flesh and silkiness, the tannins coating the mouth with a great core of slightly leaner, gamy and savoury charcter, a chocoilaty depth beneath.
(2010) Garnacha Blanco (85%) and Macabeo. One third fermented in barrels, one third with skins and one third in steel. Melon and pear fruit, with a sense of minerality and a certain skinny, salty grip. Really nice, sweet palate with delightful freshness and a long, cool finish.
(2008) Only 6000 bottles of this wine are produced, from old vines Cariñena and Garnacha, aged 15 months on the lees in French oak. It has a vibrant, deep colour, with very ripe, fruit-forward nose, with lots of juicy redcurrant and cherry crunch. Lovely freshness on the palate too, some chocolate and dense black plum, but retains its bright and crunchy structure with supple, creamy tannins and excellent length.
(2000) Tobacco, smoke and sweet and sour cherry fruit dominate the nose. The palate is much more subdued. There doesn't seem to be a lot to this in the mouth. Difficult.