Finca El PuigVines, like people, often reach their peak in the face of adversity. This highly limited cuvée is hand made from 100-year-old vines that suffer daily to survive in dense slate soils on steep hillsides. Their fruit offers a unique mineral complexity that could come from no other place on earth and has done so since Carthusian monks first planted vines in Priorat in the 12th century (Priorat is the Catalan word for 'priory'). This majestic estate-bottled red is richly aromatic with flavors of raspberry and blackberry. Finca El Puig is an ideal match for paella, rice dishes, duck, game and red meats.
2004Vineyards & Winemaking
Matured 14 months in oak barrels (100% French) Grapes
Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Picked September 20–October 15, 2004. Tasting Notes
Colour: Very well-defined and bright. Almost opaque, jewel-like intense red-purple hue. Aroma: Intensely aromatic and complex with hints of fresh, ripe red and black fruit, wild forest herbs, mineral and balsamic notes. Warm and fresh in balance. Flavour: Well-balanced with a big structure and texture of fruits, delicate and ripe tannins and well-integrated wood with high acidity. Explosive fruit on the palate complements the complex aromatic expression of the nose with hints of licorice, wild herbs and minerals. Long and very aromatic finish. Food Pairings: Any grilled meat, especially beef and lamb. Best match for Serrano ham and specially Jabugo. Aged cheeses from any origin such as Parmigiano, Manchego and cheddar. Spec Sheet
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2003Vineyards & Winemaking
Matured 12–18 months in oak barrels (75% French, 25% American) Grapes
Garnacha, Cariñena, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Ull de Llebre. Picked September 4–October 23, 2003.
2002Vineyards & Winemaking
Aged 12–16 months in oak barrels (85% French, 15% American)
Deep, almost opaque, precious red color. Fresh aroma of flowers, fresh fruit and balsamic notes. Expressive mouth full of ripe prunes, strawberries and citrus. Well balanced with delicate tannins and well integrated wood. Hints of liquorice, wild herbs and minerals. Persistent, aromatic finish.
2001Vineyards & Winemaking
Aged 13–14 months in oak barrels (75% French, 25% American) Grapes
Garnacha, Cariñena, Cabernet Sauvignon, Ull de Llebre, Syrah. Picked September 1–October 2, 2001. Tasting Notes
Dark cherry color. Good aromatic intensity, with hints of red and black fruits and balsamic notes. Round and balanced mouth with ripe, smooth tannins. Good integration of the wood. Tastes of ripe raspberries, blueberries and blackberries, with hints of liquorice, wild herbs and minerals. Good acidity. Long, persistent finish. Reviews
Robert Parker: 91 points, Wine Spectator: 90 points