|Grapes||Carignan, Syrah, Garnacha, Cab Sauv|
Garnacha (45%) and Carinena (40%) together with Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Grown high up on the classic Priorat licorella slate. Aged in a combination of cement tanks and French oak barrels for 18 months. Beautifully expressive this in an incredibly vibrant and fine wine. Very fine fruit, crisp tannins and a balance that is so rarely achieved so that this wine really sings. Drinking range: 2013 - 2019 L&S (Apr 2014)
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Quite perfumed. Developed kirsch notes on a supple and smooth palate. Refreshing acidity lifts a very rich body. (Silver Medal)Decanter World Wine Awards 2013 (Oct 2014)
Deep ruby. Lively aromas of fresh red berries, potpourri, vanilla and pipe tobacco, with a hint of incense gaining strength with air. Fresh and lively on the palate, offering intense raspberry and cherry-vanilla flavors and a zesty blood orange note. Juicy, appealingly sweet and seamless, boasting very good energy and thrust to its smooth, gently tannic finish. Rating: 91 Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Oct 2014)
The Marco family has lived in Porrera since the 15th century, and farms organically. This is a Garnacha/Cariñena blend, bold with sumptuously spicy fruit, and a clear expression of French oak. ---One of Sarah Jane Evans' top 16 reds from Priorat.Sarah Jane Evans MW (Sep 2014)
Bodegas Marco Abella
The Marco family were already present in Porrera at the time of the first census taken in Catalonia in 1497. In the late 19th century, with phylloxera deimating their vineyards, the family abandoned the region for Barcelona, while keeping their lands in Porrera. In 1898, Ramón Marco Abella was born in Porrera. A man of entrepreneurial spirit and great fortitude, he decided to revive what had once been one of the best vineyard areas in the region.
Just over a century later, in 2001 his grandson David, together with his wife Olivia, decided to take things a step further. To this end they created a three tier winery built some seven metres into the hillside so that the wines can be moved entirely by gravity. After a very successful first vintage in 2004, done part-time - the couple abandoned their professional careers in order to dedicate themselves full-time to their passion, with the aim of making wines which express the authenticity, characteristics and essence of the Porrera region.
Vines are grown on terraces and the steep slopes of the costers hills at an altitude of between 200 and 1.500 m. El Priorat boasts its own microclimate, characterised by very hot summers and cold winters, with the influence of the Mediterranean neutralised by the winds. Annual rainfall does not exceed 400-500 mm. The land is very unfertile and characterised by the presence of slate known as 'licorella'. The area's soil gives the high-quality wines produced in the D.O.Q. Priorat, which have now gained world-wine recognition, a character all their own. Production is based on organic viticulture, and biodynamic methods are adapted to suit the particular environment. Exhaustive controls are performed to ensure the best performance of the vines, using practices such as green pruning and crop thinning. Grapes are selected by hand both in the vineyard and on entering the winery.
A Burgundy 'clos' type quality philosophy is followed, in that the grapes come from three different terroirs and are therefore vinified separately and according to the parcel and variety. The vinification takes place in a combination of cement tanks and open topped wooden fermenters, and uses only natural, indigenous yeasts. These are the best wines from Priorat that we have tasted; expressive, high quality, and immensely drinkable.
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