Glory be Bierzo & does Priorat age?
Year 11, No. 04
The sun's out! Ah, now it's raining... Wait, the sun's back!
This must mean that it's spring in Spain again which is a perfect moment to announce the release of the DO Bierzo 2021 Report. If you're not familiar with this region, there's a lot going on and the fact that they have this most wonderful red grape, Mencía as well as the white, Godello, means that there's an exploration to be had here that's considerably different from the rest of Spain.
Along with this, I contacted a select group of top Priorat producers a few weeks ago to hold a "decade" tasting of the much-lauded 2010 vintage. Amazingly, they all said yes and what followed was an amazing tasting that showed just how well Priorat wines can age as well as the massive shift in style that's been underway in the last decade. That was a fine, fine time.
Just because times are difficult doesn't mean they can't be tasty as well ;)
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REGIONAL WINE REPORT
What a path this region in Northwestern Spain has walked in the last 20 years. While located along the famed el Camino de Santiago, there's much more to the wines than being "pilgrim plonk" as shown by the top wineries you can read about in this newest Regional Report and the accompanying Tasting Reports.
A lot has happened in the last decade while these wines were resting in their cellars, but a lot has been said in terms of Priorat not being age worthy, but this tasting proved otherwise in what has ended up being a very crucial pivot in the region.
AND NOW THIS
IN THE GLASS
DO Bierzo, Spain
Sierra de Salamanca VCIG, Spain