We present the new 2016 vintage, characterised by the wettest winterin the last five years. Not only did it rain in winter, but there was also wet weather up until summer arrived, especially inMarch and April. In summer everything changed, and it was one of the driest inhistory, with only 28 litres being recorded between July and October.If we compare the temperatures in 2012 and 2016, the 2016 crophad to endure a much colder winter than in 2012, which turned outto be positive, since the frost cleared the fields ofvine parasites. During the spring, lower temperaturesthan in 2012 were also recorded.Due to all these climatic conditions there was a delay insprouting, which began on March 28th, and which led to a delayin flowering of between three and four weeks.Once the summer arrived, the Priorat got all the luck, sincethe rains disappeared, while in the rest of Europethey were incessant. It was something that nobody expected considering thewinter we’d had. Taking into account the delay insprouting, the harvest started around mid-October on some ofthe estates.Obtaining fresh wines with an extraordinary acidity is dueto this long duration of the grape in the strain that has so characterisedthis vintage.
The vintage began in autumn in the best possible way, with good rainfalls that would fill the water reserves for optimal growth development. Winter was characterised by low temperatures and even snow covered some areas of Priorat. March started wet and cold, which delayed the budding of the vines. In mid-May, flowering was encouraged and was followed by a somewhat unstable June with several rainfalls.
A year with a very good balance. This vintage was characterised by the absence of water stress for the plants. Winter and spring were favourable in terms of rainfall and temperatures were slightly higher than usual. At the time of budding, there was no rain, so the vines developed in a suitable manner. The flowering took place in a clean way and the Grenache vines settled in an excellent way. Summer was characterised by cool and dry days, but also humid, which led to good photosynthesis and growth of the plants. During the end of the summer, before the harvest, there was still some humidity, which preserved the freshness of the soil and, consequently, achieving a gradual ripening of the grapes, perfect to retain the aromas and the good acidity. The negative factor was the rain during the harvest days. In short, the vintage has been somewhat atypical for Priorat, with wines that are less voluminous than in a normal year in the area, but with a good acidity that is reflected in the wines and that will keep them optimal for many years.
A year that started with some problems with the flowering but ended up being very good. Winter was colder and rainier than usual. Spring continued with days of low temperatures and a lot of water that delayed flowering and the consequent setting problems until the end of March, affected production. After a complicated year, when the summer began, the rains stopped and the temperatures rose, providing excellent ripening due to optimal rainfall during the year. The year has therefore been one of the best in recent years. Fluidity, acidity and concentration augur for a long life of the wines of this vintage.
Ripe cherry red colour with violet reflections. Clean and very bright. Abundant well-defined and coloured tear. Nose
High aromatic intensity. Aromas of ripe red fruit with lactic touches are firstly noticed and give way to intense spiced nuances, which are more present than in previous vintages. Its evolution in the glass, let us find out pleasant balsamic aromas, floral and aromatic herb notes over slight and very fine toasted hints and elegant mineral notes. Taste
Tasty, velvety, complex, long and fresh attack. It shows a great liveliness, an excellent acidity, sweet tannins and a surprising touch of ripeness.
Spectacular dark cherry red colour with violet reflections and fuchsia disc. Clean and very bright. It has abundant coloured tears. Nose
Very deep nasal aromas with a direct and well defined high intensity. Its notes of ripe red fruit with a milky touch give way to intense spicy aromas, more intense than in previous vintages. Its evolution in the glass, allows discovering nice balsamic aromas, floral notes and hints of aromatic herbs on very light and elegant toasted and mineral nuances. Taste
It has a long and complex tasty, mellow and velvety mid palate. It shows a high liveliness, a magnificent acidity, sweet tannins and a surprising hint of ripeness. Delicate, fresh, balanced. It shows an emergent trend to elaborate subtler and more delicate wines in Priorat.
Attractive intense cherry colour with violet edges. A wine with a high robe and bright, elegant and dense slow-falling tears. Nose
Very expressive, intense, complex and at the same time seductive aromas. This wine shows a wide minerality that surrounds the fleshy notes of ripe fruit (with a touch of liquor), the aromas of cocoa and vanilla and the elegant toasted and milky nuances. Its subtle floral and herbal notes are released along with a great balsamic background when the wine opens up. Elegant and very harmonious pleasant set which invites to be tasted. Taste
Extraordinary wine! It is very expressive, very tasty, full-bodied, bulky, elegant and suggestive.
From the first sip, this wine coats the mouth with a great minerality wrapped in intense notes of fruits and very nice and sweety spices. It shows a long mid palate with a silky texture. Its noble tannins are sweet and well integrated. It has an excellent acidity that provides it with a perfect balance. Great long and very persistent finish which leaves fruity sensations and very nice mineral aftertaste.
A round, elegant, tasty, very expressive, noble wine. Undoubtedly, a great wine.
Intense cherry colour with violet reflections. Medium-high robe. Very bright wine with very good glyceric tears which glides with elegance. Nose
Intense and very expressive nose. Its notes of high quality red and black fruit are released on a strong mineral background which reminds of the slate soils and the herbal Mediterranean forests that surround the vineyards. When it opens up, the wine gains in freshness thanks to its many balsamic aromas. It has good aromas of good wood and spices. The bouquet is completed by the balanced and harmonious floral and liquorice nuances. Taste
In the palate, this wine is a real pleasure. It has a wide and bulky attack and a very tasty and sweet mid palate. It is very expressive and powerful and has a soft and silky texture. Its abundant notes of fruit (with a liquoriced touch) are released with a certain minerality, which gradually gains ground. It is balanced and has a good acidity and integrated tannins. Long and very persistent finish.
A strong, round wine. Very suggestive.
Dark cherry-colored wine, high and bright layer. Nose
Good intensity, big load of ripe red fruit and balsamic notes of cocoa on a mineral and toast background. Taste
Wine with a heavy load of fruit, sweet, with the minerality of the licorella that fills the mouth. Priorat wine, fresh with notable tannins. Step pleasant and persistent. Very long and pleasant. A rounded wine.