Les Crestes 2013 – Priorat, Spain

IMG_3335Roses, cherries, and cotton candy on the nose, right after the cork pops. This one attacks the palate with powerful Catalan characteristics of leather, barely ripe plum, faint cocoa, some herbal grass notes. A musty, dank autumn forest feel marries well with the characteristic Catalan “fuerte” tannin. As it opens up the nose shifts to toasted marshmallows, cedar, and very faint mulling spice in a nice blended harmony. Dark cherries, milk chocolate, and leather meld with roses, all shorn up with a hit of hard, Catalan tannin. This is a fine wine, as Hemingway would say. I picked this one up in Spain, either San Sebastian or Barcelona (can’t recall), but bumped into it again at a tasting in TriBeCA. No idea what price, but below $40.

  • Rating: Impressive
  • Name: Les Crestes 2013 
  • Winery: Mas Doix
  • Region: Priorat
  • Country: Spain
  • Varietals: 80% Grenache, 10% Carignan, 10% Syrah
  • Price: N/A
  • Where to Buy: N/A

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