Costers del Priorat Pissarres 2018 (Priorat, Spain)
This 60% Garnacha and 40% Samsó (aka Carignan) comes from vines planted in 1950 and 1979 and spends 12 monts in old and new French oak barrels. The 2017 vintage was the warmest in 20 years and had low rainfall. Lack of rainfall favored old vines and in Priorat, warm weather and bigger alcohol isn't necessarily a bad thing. For a wine to qualify and be labeled as Priorat DOQ, it must be at least 13.5% alcohol. So, let's just say, Priorat intends to create big bold reds that tend to be 14-14.5% alcohol. However, the good ones, like this one, also provide acidity, balance, ageworthiness, and complexity. Give this at least an hour of air (maybe even decant it for 30min to an hour) and this wine is worth the splurge. Especially good on a cold evening with a hearty meal, by the fireplace, or simply wrapped in a blanket on the sofa.
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