GR 174 Priorat 2007 a winner with some strong stew or another year in cellar

This is a beautiful example of the great care going into Priorat wines and why they command a higher price. Had it immediately following a very nice Montsant(almost completely surrounds Priorat). The Montsant’s extra couple of years ageing may have seduced me into believing that this animal was ready. I think this will be scoring higher in a year or two.

Deep ruby color bordering on inky with a good viscosity but not extracted looking finish. Nose was a bit masked by the alcohol- ripe red fruits from the Garnatxa like raspberry and cherry with some darker fruit notes starting to appear after decanting. New oak ageing gave it a nice New World style finish with coconut and chocolate notes to tame the high alcohol levels. In the mouth, red fruits perfectly ripened with chocolate finish but faded from the palate very quickly. Hints of garrigue, tar and cedar come out in the finish.

Definitely needs some more cellaring.

Published by thegrapelife

Professional fermented grape taster, Jonathan Mather, originally from Michigan, now hails from the other side of the world- Hong Kong. A sense of adventure and love of exploration has taken Jonathan on some great journeys. Through a love of travel enjoy the pleasure of meeting new and interesting people, and enjoy fine food, wine and music. All of the above; Together if possible! As a classically trained chef and hotelier Jonathan is still exploring life’s pleasures. Over the past two decades, Jonathan has worked in a variety of restaurants and hotels. Passion for great food and wine experiences led to catering and events for hotels. Jonathan’s excitement to explore; meet new people and eat what they eat has led him from street taco stands in Acapulco at 3am to the heights of fine Gastronomy. Always returning for a simple repast of peasant food and great wine- a NY strip rare with salt and pepper, wedge salad, shrimp cocktail, braised osso bucco and a great bottle of wine with some good friends!! While at Michigan State, Jonathan had the honor to run a student led gourmet dinner event for over 300 guests, Les Gourmets. Experience with Les Gourmets and other events sparked a passion for event planning and catering. After graduating from Michigan State’s Prestigious School of Hospitality Business in 1997, Jonathan worked in catering and events with InterContinental Chicago. In the early 2000's Jonathan was a partner in creating YLo Epicure in Denver a gourmet deli and catering company later sold and still one of Denver's top catering offerings. Later moving to Hong Kong, Jonathan has worked in the wine and spirits import and distribution market for over a decade. After a successful chapter with Macallan in sales and marketing, continued rising to General Manager Greater South China for ASC Fine Wines, a division of Suntory. Jonathan has been consulting on import, distribution and brand management for select clients in the region.

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