Grapes: 45% Garnacha, 20% Syrah, 20% Merlot, 10% Cariñena and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
The grapes for this wine come from 8 different estate-owned vineyards in the towns of La Morera, Torroja and Poboleda, with different exposures, soils and climates. The Garnacha and Cariñena grapes are from 90+ year old vines, while Merlot comes from 20 year old vines. The hand-harvested grapes underwent a 48 hour pre-fermentation cold soak followed by temperature controlled fermentation between 29° to 32° C in small stainless steel vats, and macerated for a 25-day period. Aged in 20% new and 80% 1 year old French Allier oak barrels for 12 months. Bottled unfiltered.
(aged in French oak barriques, 20% new, for one year): Opaque ruby. Energetic dark berry aromas are complemented by zesty minerality, spice notes and a hint of mocha. Nicely concentrated and focused, offering penetrating blackberry and bitter cherry flavors, with bright spicy lift and cut. Fruity and open-knit; silky tannins add shape and gentle grip to a long, sappy finish. 2017 - 2022 Mediterranean Spain
The Wine Enthusiast
Minerally aromas of crushed stone, schist and red-berry fruits feed into a tight palate with an iron grip. Plum, raspberry, cherry and cassis flavors cover the full spectrum of red fruits, while a chalky, minerally finish confirms the wine's intensity and structure. Drink through 2022. September 2016
Wine & Spirits Magazine
Six families from Priorat decided to join forces and, in 2002, created Genium Celler. They have eight vineyards around the region, some of them planted in 1910. This is a blend of garnacha and carinena from those ancient vines, blended with merlot, syrah and cabernet. It stands firm with the strength of a Praetorian guard, presenting the structure of the finest Priorat. It is grand and expansive, packed with red fruit flavors together with spice and herbal notes. The schisty touch on the finish adds complexity and charm. Six years from the vintage, this wine is still in its youth, needing at least another five years to fully develop. Best Buy