PRIORAT - SPAIN
Region/ Sub-Region: Spain, Priorat D.O.Q.
Grapes: White Garnacha, Pedro Ximénez, and Macabeo.
Vinification: Grapes are vinified in contact with the skins. A small amount of caramel is added that has been macerated with aromatic herbs: fennel, rosemary, cumin, cinnamon, and vanilla.
Aging: Wine is aged a minimum of two years in old oak barrels. After 1 year, “new” wine is added to the barrel then aged for one more year before being bottled.
Nose: Herbal notes from the infusion. Citrus rind, dried stone fruit, aged wood, truffles, honey, and wet rock.
Taste: Provokes surprising sensations to the senses. On the palate, it is balanced, with just enough sweetness to compliment the accompanying characteristic bitter citrus.
Color: Amber color, with mahogany reflections, clean.
Alcohol content: 16%.
Gastronomy: Anything slightly salty or savory. Traditional tapas from this region, olives and salty nuts. Small pours with 2 ice cubes garnished with and orange peel or mix it and make your own cocktail.
Production: 700 cases per year.
Talking About the Wines:
-Wine Enthusiast, March '18 gave 96 points to Priorat Natur NV Vermut. "Ruddy orange in hue, this Catalonia vermouth offers earthy aromas. The deep, intriguing palate has plenty of bittersweet interplay, flitting between hints of melon, white floral freshness, orange peel, and almond bitterness, accented with rosemary, and vanilla. Complex and delicious."
-International Wine Report, October ‘17 gave 90 points to Priorat Natur NV Vermut. “A blend of Garnatxa Blanca, Macabeu, and Pedro Ximenez, the intense aromas entice showcasing burnt cedar, peat moss, vanilla oil, and blood orange zest. Moderately sweet and weighing in at 16% alcohol there are ripe orange blossom, Pazzaz apple pie, lemongrass, and apricot oil flavors, that sit alongside some nice tension.”