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Grifoll Declara

Grifoll Declara
2016 Red Blend, Priorat

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Priorat

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$38
Cellar Selection

Grifoll Declara
2016 Red Blend, Priorat

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Priorat

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of lingonberry, savory herbs, powdery florals, earth, and dried mint with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, very complex, long finish evoking accents of almond and rose water with crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A delicious red from Priorat with riveting twists and turns; new nuances to discover around every corner.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: lingonberry, savory herbs, powdery florals, earth, and dried mint
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of almond and rose water
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: In 3-6 years with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A delicious red from Priorat with riveting twists and turns; new nuances to discover around every corner.

The Importer

Votto Vines Importing, Inc.

The Importer
1004 Sherman Avenue
Hamden, CT 06514
USA
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Priorat

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
Priorat is a red wine from northeastern Spain produced from several grapes; while Garnacha Tinta is the principal variety, it can also include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and/or Syrah, and even white varieties such as Garnacha Blanca and Macabeo.

There are various levels of Priorat with the youngest being criança (aged for at least 6 months in oak barrels and then 18 months in the bottle), followed by reserva (12 months in oak, 24 months in bottle and finally Gran Reserva (24 months in barrel, 36 months in bottle). Aging ability and richness of a Priorat wine will depend on these categories, but in general, these are ripe reds with bright berry fruit, zesty tannins and subtle spice. Pair these with most red meats, especially beef served with mushrooms, while simple empanadas work well with the lighter versions. Thanks to excellent reviews from several influential wine publications, Priorat wines are now much in demand, with the most famous examples priced in the $50-$75 range on American retail shelves.