Winter reds from Priorat and Tulloch
The latest tasting note files have been uploaded to the app, a total of 573 wines for the month, with a major component from my trip to Spain’s Priorat region in May.
No less than 103 Priorat wines, mostly red, are reviewed, including Terroir al Limit (tastings), Clos Figueres (tastings), Clos Mogador (tastings), Clos Martinet (tastings), Cims de Porrera (tastings), Scala Dei (tastings), Marco Abella (tastings), l’Infernal (tastings), Ferrer Bobet (tastings), Vall Llach (tastings) and my most exciting discoveries, Mas Doix (tastings) and Clos del Portal (tastings). The wines, based on carignan and grenache, are full-bodied and powerful but also nuanced: big reds for those who seek more than alcohol and concentration.
My full tasting notes from the Tulloch 120th anniversary tasting have also been posted, again dominated by the red wines, in this case shiraz – especially the Hector Limited Release (tastings) and Private Bin Pokolbin Dry Red bottlings (stretching back to 1952 – tastings), which are better than they’ve ever been in recent vintages. Great candidates for your cellar!
There are also about 40 sparkling and Champagne, a similar number of rosés, a mass of Hunter semillons, nearly 100 sauvignon blancs and semillon-sauvignon blends, and a large tasting of 123 ‘alternative’ red varieties, which I’ll report on later in more detail.
There’s a stack of hearty reds to keep you warm over winter.