D.O. PRIORAT - SPAIN
Available in screwcap and cork
Region/ Sub-Region: Spain, D.O.Q. Priorat, Vila de Gratallops.
Grapes: 50% Red Garnacha, 50% Cariñena.
Soil: Llicorella (Slate).
Vinification: Each parcel and varietal is fermented separately. Grapes are de-stemmed, whole berries put into large stainless-steel tanks. Spontaneous fermentation, free run juice. Each parcel is kept separate, malic-lactic fermentation done in barrique. Finished and blended together at the end.
Aging: After blending, the wine is put back into stainless steel and aged for 6 to 9 months, then bottled.
Nose: Fresh red cherries, red plums, dried flowers, and wet rocks.
Taste: Red fruit, intense notes of flowers and minerals from the soil. This wine is fresh, very fruity, and well balanced.
Color: Dark ruby with cherry rim.
Gastronomy: Made to accompany everything, but we could single out stews and casseroles, risottos, and spicy dishes.
Giné Giné is the first wine Buil & Giné ever made. It is said to be the “finest introduction” to the essence of Priorat. If you don’t know anything about the Priorat, or you do know it and you want to recover the essence, this is your wine. The wine is fresh, fruity with minerals, as a Priorat has to be. It is a wine made for all seasons.
Talking About the Wines:
-Wine & Spirits Magazine, Fall Issue Annual Buyers Guide's Top 100 Best Buys,, Oct '22 gave 92 points to Buil & Giné 2019 Giné Giné. “First released from the 1997 vintage, this is the original blend from the Giné family, long-time farmers in Gratallops with 79 acres of vines. It’s garnatxa and carinyena, half from relatively young vines (up to 30 years old), half from old vines. In 2019, the wine is ripe, grounded in rustic earthiness. You can taste the heat of the season in its peppery austerity of fruit melding into chocolate-rich tannins, the two combining in a supple Priorat for a cookout.”
-Dr. Owen Bargreen, Sept '22 gave 91 points to Buil & Giné 2019 Giné Giné. “The 2019 ‘Gine Gine’ is a blend of equal parts Carinena and Garnacha. Stored in stainless steel, this is very fresh and focused with tart red fruits that mingle well with dusty soils and worn leather notes. Rich, with good finesse, enjoy this outstanding value in the near term.“
-Wine Spectator, Oct '22 gave 90 points to Buil & Giné 2019 Giné Giné. “A well-balanced, medium-bodied version, offering flavors of wild strawberry and cherry fruit, red licorice and a touch of loamy earth backed by fresh citrus peel acidity. The lightly chewy finish reveals milled pepper and thyme. Cariñena and Garnacha.”
-The Wine Panel, June '22 gave 92 points to Buil & Giné 2019 Giné Giné. “This 50/50 blend of organically grown Garnacha & Cariñena (Mazuelo or Carignan) from Vila de Gratallops in Spains' prestigious Priorat region is an intriguing wine and a sort of outlier compared to more classic, heavier styles from the region. Expect flavors of both bright red fruits like raspberry and cassis along with dark fruits such as dark cherry and blackberry. As it was fermented and aged in stainless tanks from free run juice, the fresh fruit flavors are not masked with oak. Its ripe, fruity, and Ruby in color, medium-bodied, and has a dusty tannin background that results in a long, pleasant finish. In a sense it seems to portray the intersection of Old World and New World styles, with abundant bright fruit and yet a bramble and tannin profile that is clearly European.”