Grapes: 50% Cariñena, 30% Garnacha, 10% Merlot and 10% Syrah
This wine was made from grapes planted on slopes, locally named Costers. These dramatically steep slopes range up to 45 degrees and limit access so that all vineyard work is conducted by hand.
The vineyards are over 100 years old, a fact that yields tiny grapes and only about 300 grams of grapes per vine (about two bunches). It also provides a repeatable minerality, concentration and structure in comparison to other zones. The grapes undergo a 48 hour pre-fermentation cold soak followed by temperature controlled fermentation 29° to 32° celsius, in small stainless steel vats, and macerated for a 30-day period. Aged in new French Allier oak barrels of various toasts and coopers for 14 months. Bottled Unfiltered.
View from the Cellar
The 2010 Genium “Costers vi de Guarda” is the estate’s old vine cuvée, as these vineyards average ninety years of age. The cépages of the 2010 is fifty percent cariñena, thirty percent garnacha and ten percent each of merlot and syrah (which are presumably not as venerable in age as the other two varietals). The wine comes in at 14.5 percent alcohol and delivers a deep and complex bouquet of black cherries, black raspberries, braised beef, dark soil, a touch of licorice, cloves, wild fennel and cedary wood. On the palate the wine is deep, fullbodied and starting to show some secondary layers of complexity, with a good core, fine complexity and a long, moderately chewy and really quite well-balanced finish. This is the coolest of the four bottlings from Genium that I tasted, and though the wine has a touch of rusticity to its structure, there is plenty of depth and complexity here and this is really a fine bottle of Priorat. It is drinking quite well, but a few more years will allow more of the tannins to completely fall away. Good juice. 2016-2035+. Issue Sixty-One January-February 2016
(aged in new French oak barriques for 14 months): Bright ruby-red. Intensely perfumed with potent blackberry, cherry pit and potpourri. Juicy, penetrating and concentrated, offering sappy cherry and dark berry preserves and a touch of licorice pastille. Framed by smooth, slow-building tannins, the wine finishes with an emphatic, echoing floral note. 2017-2023 Mediterranean Spain
The Wine Enthusiast
Dark earthy raisiny aromas come with a fair amount of Priorat schist. This hillside blend of 50% Carignan, 30% Garnacha and the rest Merlot and Syrah is big, wide and muscular. Flavors of plum, prune, cassis and raisin are ripe but balanced and powerful. A lemony oak note appears on a staunch, chalky finish. Drink through 2022. September 2016
Spicy notes of clove and cinnamon frame dusty berry, licorice and dried herb flavors in this supple, elegant red. Vanilla, orange peel and tobacco notes show a traditional character. Graceful and harmonious. Drink now through 2022. 200 cases made. October 15, 2016 Issue