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Les Sentius, Joan Simo, Priorat 2011

Country: Spain
Region: Priorat
Type: Red
Producer: Simo, joan
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Syrah
Bottle Size: 75cl
Vintage: 2011
Alcohol: 15.5%

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A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cabernet, this isn't a Priorat that beats you around the chops with its alcohol and tannin. No, this Priorat gently envelops you in its blackcurranty hug. Its alluring, fresh, dark fruits draw you in, tinged with notes of nutmeg and vanilla. The palate completes this assault of loveliness with big, ripe blackberries picked straight from the hedgerow, that stain your lips black as you squelch into them. This is lifted by more grown up notes of buttery, lightly smoked oak that open into sun-dried fruits and more of those wonderful baking spices and cocoa.

Tasting Notes

As you hurtle up the steep and rocky roads of Priorat, past rows of vines basking in the sun, you really get a feel for why this place has captured the hearts and minds of so many. Long before Priorat became known for its remarkable wines the Simo family bought vineyards here, selling their wine to big co-operatives, supplementing their income from the family textiles business. Like many of his generation, Gerard Batllevell Simo realised the potential of his family vineyard and began production in earnest in 1999, naming the vineyard after his Grandfather, Joan. He transformed the rickety old stable and firewood storage shed into a state of the art winery and used the family Manor's ancient cellar for storage. 18 years on and not a huge amount has changed, although he has now acquired a second vineyard, La Garranxa', a high altitude plot that had been barren since the phylloxera outbreak, from which Les Sentius is made.

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