Hit me with your votes for your favorite Priorat wines (with or without JM’s high scores ).
I have very little experience with this region and the few that I have tried I don’t remember because they were - well, unremarkable. But, I’m willing to seek out a few to see if it’s the whole region I don’t like or just the ones people have served me.
Chris, perhaps not the direction most would go, but I’m going to one of my white standbys, especially for a spirited game of stump the wine geek. The Conreria d’Scala Dei Priorat Vi Blanc “Les Brugueres”, an old vines garnacha blanca of real depth, minerality and food pairing flexibility. When I first began buying it a few years ago, it could be had for under $20, but it’s rarely south of $30 these days. Still worth seeking out, even with the steeper tariff.
+1, although with the price increase, I have also noticed a more closed style on release. Needs a few years. Mas D’en Compte makes a killer Blanco as well, but again, needs a few years first.
Also +1 on the Trio Infernal 2/3. That wine smokes. I greatly prefer the Carignan and Bordeaux variety driven Priorats to the Grenache based stuff, Mas Alta being the exception (Cambie’s trained hand to thank for that). I got burned out on the Mas Doix and Clos Erasmus stuff.
I have tried
Miguel Torres Perpetual-Salmos
Mas Doix Costers de Vinyes Velles
Celler Mas Doix S.L. Salanques
an really liked them, out of these Miguel Torres Perpetual-Salmos 2005 was the best and even it is very highly rated in our wine database.
I haven’t tried them yet, but I bought a few from Garagiste, so I know that they will be “spectacular” because “there is a new sheriff in town” and that the Martina, in particular is a “megalith” that “if you could take a blowtorch to fossilized grapes and melt them in an industrial revolution iron smelter with solid road tar and a smattering of Partaga ash, it would be” the Martina.