Spain produces some of the greatest values in the world, and this Priorat is no exception. Priorat is a highly-terraced mountain surrounded by the region of Montsant. They can be some of Spain's most expensive wines, so finding one for $13.99 is quite rare; but even more surprising than that are its the depth of flavors. Licorice and cedar box aromas seemingly leap from the glass while baked cherries and vanilla dance on the palate. A great value from an equally reputable region.
|Wine maker notes
|Climate: High mediterranean, with very hot days andcold nights with moderate rains. This climate allows the grapes to ripen very well during the day and slowly during the night. Allowing the acidity and the skin-to-juice ratio to build up to the necessary level to have a well balanced wine.
Soil: Slate stone, gravel, and river stone which keeps the roots heated during the cold nights of priorat. The heat in the roots allow the grapes to ripen at night. Making wines with more color, structure and concentration.
|The winery and vineyards of Cesca are located in the heart of the Priorat region in the town of Gratallops, just 40 miles south of Barcelona at 1,000 ft above the Mediterranean sea. The vineyards are in the lower valley of Gratallops next to a dividing creek.
Lo Piot and Abat Domenech are not your typical Priorats. These wines have all the advantages of Priorat (mineral notes, high pigmentation, structure, concentration + elegance). Sometimes wines from Priorat can be overpowering, in the case of these wines elegance is the determining factor.
Emili Esteve is the winemaker.