Cims de Porrera Solanes Priorat 2007
Other Red Wine from Priorat, Spain
Solanes, which means "sunny" in Catalan, is a dynamic blend of the five predominant red grape varieties that grow within the esteemed grape-growing region of Priorat. Hand-crafted from grape vines that cling to the steep slopes of the Porrera region of Priorat, this wine is perfect for those that love elegant wines which pair well with a variety of foods. Containing aromas of ripe black fruit, toasted oak, slate and traces of eucalyptus; this unique red wine exudes ripe tannins, well-balanced acidity and notes of ripe berries, black licorice and sweet spice on the palate. Ready to drink now, this wine may also be cellared for up to 15 years.
Blend: 45% old and young-vine Carineña, 30% Garnacha, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 5% Syrah
Wine Enthusiast - "Oaky on first take, then earthy and weighty, with black fruit aromas and minerally notes. Feels tight initially, but with air it softens and soon come flavors of thyme, herbal berry and chocolate. Crisp and nicely balanced, with a solid finish. Almost what you'd call a value Priorat."
International Wine Cellar - "Inky purple. Powerful cherry and raspberry aromas are complicated by dried flowers, allspice and smoky minerals. Fleshy, spice-accented dark fruit compote flavors are firmed by silky tannins and pick up a cherry-vanilla note with air. Rich but in no way heavy, finishing with good clarity and lingering smokiness."
Cims de Porrera Winery
Cims is Spanish for summits, and this geography plays an integral part in the wines of Cims de Porrera. Each vineyard sits on the steep, rocky slopes above the village of Porrera in the D.O.Q. Priorat, at an altitude of 400 to 600 meters. This rugged terrain demands meticulous harvesting by hand, and wines remain with their separate vineyard blocks until final blending. The combination of unique black slate soils, a rich variety of micro-climates and vines older than 60 years results in widely-recognized wines of exceptional quality.
Cims de Porrera was founded by the Pérez family, one of five pioneering wine families who rediscovered the now-renowned region in the late 1980s. Only five grape varieties are cultivated in the area surrounding Porrera—Cariñena, Garnacha (Grenache), Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah; the 2002 Solanes—the second label of Cims de Porrera—combines all of them to create an ambitious, distinctive blend. Winemaker Adria Pérez, son of founder Luis, also produces the Classic in only the finest vintage years. These discerning procedures have secured the label's reputation, and Cims de Porrera sells up to 75% of their wine internationally. View all Cims de Porrera Wines
About Priorat(pree-ohr-aht) Spain, sparking envy among collectors. The region has become something of a cult wine producer, creating wines that cost up to 5 times that of a quality Rioja. The region has a special soil, called llicorella made of a brown slate mixed together with rocks. Mountains surround the area and the vines are tended by hand.
Notable FactsThe red wines here are based on Garnacha, and produce inky wine with intense fruit flavors of blackberry and plums, not to mention a required minimum of 13.5% alcohol. The secondary grape of the region is Carinena (Carignan in France). This grape has lost favor in most parts of the world due to its rustic nature, but here in Priorat it's a welcome structural addition to the Garnacha based wines.
The most popular red varieties of Spain include Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Whites don't garner quite as much recognition, but there are some regional varieties not to be missed, like Albarino and Verdejo. The popular red regions of Spain include Rioja, known for its outstanding wines of the Tempranillo grape; Ribera del Duero, producing high quality reds from Tempranillo and Garnacha; Galacia, with the sub-region of Rias Baixas, home to the deliciously crisp and floral Albarino grape; and Priorat, a region increasing in popularity with its high-quality cult reds. Other regions of note are Rueda, growing the Verdejo grape, La Mancha, a wide desert region, covered in the most planted white variety in the world, Airen, and Jumilla, making wines based on Monastrell (Mourvedre).
Spain's wine laws are based on the Denominacion de Origen (DO) classification system, devised in the 1930's. A four tiered system, the most basic level is Vina de Mesa (table wine) followed by Vino de la Tierra (country wine), DO and at the top DOC. Currently, only Rioja and Priorat have DOC status, while over 65 DO's scatter the country.
Most DO regions are classified and regulated by how long they age the wines. On a red wine label, one may find the terms Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva, denoting the wine's barrel and bottle time. Crianza is usually two years between barrel and bottle (the time in each depends on the DO and/or the winemaker), Reserva up to 4 years and Gran Reserva 5 – 6 years. Classifications of each region and wine are controlled by the region's Consejo Regulador.
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