Vall Llach 2006 “Vall Llach” Priorat

  One of my favorite memories of visiting Priorat with my Wine School students was our time at Celler Vall Lach.  A stone –a triangle of iron-shaded black rock– from one of their vineyards still sits on my office desk at the school.  We spent an...

Cellars Baronia “Flor D’Englora” 2011 Garnatxa

It was not too long ago that $10 bottles of wine were ground zero for the frugal and the downwardly mobile. That is no longer the case, at least for wine from Spain.  Spanish wines are simply underpriced for the level of winemaking, quality of the grapes, and the age...

Genium Celler 2007 Priorat

  This bottling hails from a tiny cooperative winery located in the just-as-tiny town of Poboleda in Catalonia. Vineyards around the town are planted with Grenache and Cariñena that date back to the early part of the 20th century. Fermented in large casks, the...

La Conreria d’Scala Dei 2007 “Les Brugueres” Priorat

  Priorat is a rare wine, but a white wine from the region is much rarer still. Sourced from a terraced vineyard at the northernmost point of Priorat, a spot that is dwarfed by the Monstant mountain range. It’s one of the most beautiful vineyards I have...

Reserva de la Tierra 2008 Vega Escal

Reserva de la Tierra, a Spanish wine cooperative, has been working with a US importer for several years to craft a wine for the American market. The result is Vega Escal, an opulent offering at a very reasonable price. The juice is sourced from vineyards around the...