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2 Priorat Wines

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2005 Finca La Planeta by Cellers Pasanau. Made of 80% Cabernet and 20 % Garnacha, aged one year in new French oak barrels.
Very sexy nose: intense and voluptuous of sweet fruit, forest berries, herbs and some leather. The only little downer comes from a slight glue smell here. On the palate, very silky texture but also some tannins for structure. A year of ripening would soften those up. Again, lots of berries here and some rosemary. Acidity is a bit broader and less of the elegant kind. Also some darker fruit like blackberries and some violets. Nice weight. Nearly a typical modern Spanish wine one could say with all that sweet fruit. But it has more than just this side to it, also a nice freshness in the finish. 91 points

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2007 Les Crestes by Mas Doix. A wine made of Garnacha and Carinena and somehow a more untypical Priorat wine since tannins are nearly absent. Still, it is a full bodied wine, but much more round with silk-like texture. Fruit is king here with nice dark cherries but the juiciness of it is ensured by a nice acidity that lends the wine its freshness; hard to tell that 15% alcohol are hidden in that bottle. It represents somehow an “easy-drinking” version of Priorat wines. It is certainly a crowd pleasure that finds its perfect usage at parties where a good all-rounder is needed. The nice label also helps here. 90 points.

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