Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Vinyes Altair 2006 Imaginacio, Priorat

imaginacio

Priorat is an up and coming wine region in Spain. The steep slopes and granite laced soils produce complex wines much in demand by wine lovers.

Since the production there is limited, I haven’t sampled many wines from this area. That’s something I’m hoping to correct.

On the nose there is red berry and damp earth. In the glass it is dark ruby red.

The Imaginacio is a Garnacha-driven blend that also features local star Carinena (Carignan), Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah. This bottle is vintage 2006, so we were please to discover smooth, integrated tannins.

On the palate the predominate flavor is that of figs with threads of brown cooking spices. It’s a complex wine for a bottle that set me back only $13.99.

The is a cool departure from Cabernet or Pinot. It offers rustic finesse, if there is such a thing. The terroir of Priorat is truly unique, and that shines through in a delicious bottle. This wine gets a strong buy recommendation.

Rating: 3 of 5  Value: 4 of 5

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