Experience the Spanish New Wave, then taste the master. Take six signature reds from Ritme Celler, one of the rising stars of the Priorat scene, and we’ll replace one of those bottles with a 2014 red from Álvaro Palacios, a pioneer of Spain’s winemaking revolution. You’ll save $50
In this Priorat Upgrade six-pack, you will receive:
5 x Ritme Celler, Ritme, Priorat 2016 1 x BONUS Álvaro Palacios Gratallops, Priorat DOQ 2014
Traditional, full-blooded wines are still the norm in Spain, but the new wave favours wines that are younger, fresher, more elegant, and made with balance front of mind. Enter the 2016 Ritme Celler Priorat. Tip this wine into a glass and there’s a whirl of aromas; black and red fruit, strawberries, violets and balsam. On the palate, there’s an invigorating line of acid, with tannins that offer a framework for the blackberry and menthol in the long finish. With five years of bottle age, this Ritme red is ready for immediate drinking and repeated sharing.
Tthe 2014 Álvaro Palacios Gratallops Priorat DOQ—your bonus upgrade—is 85% Grenache and 15% Carignan, and full of body and fruit. Think a cacophony of wild strawberries and red plums, with a sprinkling of black pepper and slatey minerality mingling with subtle salinity. Rich yet also refreshing, it is undeniably the work of a pioneer (Álvaro honed his craft under Jean-Pierre Moueix at Château Pétrus, and credits his tenure at the esteemed house for much of his winemaking philosophy).
Rediscover Spanish wine through the lens of a trailblazer, and the new blood redefining the taste of Spain. Access your Priorat Upgrade pack today.
Berry and cherry flavors edge toward kirsch and coulis notes in this heady red. Light, firm tannins and tart, citrusy acidity focus the racy elements. Vivid, and still coming into balance.
90 points, Tim Fish, Wine Spectator
I tasted two vintages of the entry-level red, the youngest of which was the 2016 Ritme Negre, which is young and fleshy, with good acidity and freshness. It's approachable, tasty and easy to drink. It's mostly Cariñena with 3% Garnacha.
91 points, Wine Advocate (April 2018)
The red 2014 Gratallops is a "vi de vila" (a village wine), which is a category created in Priorat. Priorat has been a pioneer within the appellations of origin to start differentiating and defining origin in their wines. This is a blend of approximately 80% Garnacha and the rest Cariñena. All the plots used are mentioned on the label: Ermites, La Capella, Torrent, Coll del Corral, Socarrats, L’Hort de L’Olivar, La Font Nova, Carrerada, Coll de Falset, Obagues and Manyetes. It fermented in oak vat followed by malolactic and aging in barrique. This felt quite floral and open, aromatic and elegant, mixing flowers and Mediterranean herbs, and an earthy but subtle mineral sensation. The herbal sensation seems to grow with time in the glass. The palate is tasty, I guess the high acidity makes the wine long and amplifies the mineral/salty sensation in the finish. Agile and vertical, the abundant tannins seem sharpened by the acidity and it should benefit from some more time in bottle.
92+ points, Luis Gutierrez (October 2016)
Rich nose of pure strawberries and red plums with hints of slate and pepper. Full body, round tannins and a pure-strawberry character that comes through on the finish. Fruity and reserved. 85% garnacha and 15% cariñena.
93 points, James Suckling (December 2016)
80% Garnarcha, 20% Samso (Carignan) from high terraced, schistous bedrock soils. Black purple-red, very rich and pure black fruits on the nose, only the fleshiness recalling the southern Rhone’s Grenache with Samso adding spice and grip, fine natural concentration, will always be rich, but also firm and retain florality.
17.5 points, Steven Spurrier, Decanter (March 2015)
Deep, brilliant ruby. A highly perfumed bouquet displays mineral-accented red/blue fruit and floral scents, along with suggestions of licorice and exotic spices that emerge as the wine opens up. Sappy and expansive on the palate, offering intense black raspberry, cherry compote, floral pastille flavors and a suggestion of five-spice powder. Rich yet lively in style, showing excellent finishing clarity, smooth tannins and strong, fruit-driven tenacity.
92 points, Vinous (April 2019)
PrioratThis tiny region on the Catalonian coastal hinterland produces some of Spain’s most prestigious red wines. The region has only 1,800 ha of vines covering steep terraces and plateaus up to 900m featuring both granite based soils and unique shale based ”llicorella” soils. Priorat experiences warm to hot days with cool evenings producing wines of great intensity, colour and ripeness. Over the past 20 years, Priorat’s vineyards planted to Garnacha, Carinena, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir, have been slowly revived with great success, producing a new wave of powerful, rich reds, some with generous new oak characters.