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Carinena is a red wine grape most often grown in Chile and in the regions of Aragon, Rioja, Catalunya, and Navarra in Spain. Carinena displays notes of blackberry, licorice, and can be spicy and earthy on the pallet. Carinena is often used in Crianza blends. In Spain there is a designated plateau in Aragon called “Campo de Carinena”. This area is one of the oldest protected growing region in Europe dating all the way back to 1932. It is most famous for producing Priorot and Monstant wines. Carinena is commonly used as a blending grape, but is now beginning to produce its own single variety wines. Carinena will contribute acidity, rich dark color, hints of cherry, and increase of tannins while blending. The wine produced from Carinena is paired best with cheeses such as blue, fontina, and gouda. It also pairs wonderfully with game and seafood. 

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Torres Perpetual Priorat 2016

Torres Perpetual Priorat is made from Cariñena and Garnacha

Perpetual is a wine born of time and terrain. The old Garnacha and Cariñena vines are between 80 and 100 years old and grow on steep, rocky slopes. Llicorella (slate) is the essence of this beautifully concentrated wine with great personality. The parcels are small and located near several villages of El Priorat. They belong to local winegrowers, but undergo rigorous controls to ensure that the fruit is of the highest quality. Perpetual is a tribute to the well-aging Priorat wines, intense, full of character and born to defeat time.

An elegant and harmonious red, displaying characteristics found in only the finest Cariñena and Garnacha blends. The combination of Priorat’s llicorella soil and temperate growing conditions yields medium bodied expression with highly approachable phenolic qualities. An exotic blend of ripe forest fruit, Mediterranean herbs, mineral nuances, and toasted holiday spice. An age worthy wine that drinks beautifully today.


Review:

Schisty aromas of iron and steel are hard to miss on a nose with earthy but fully ripe berry scents. This textbook Priorat blends minerally grip with creamy weight and pulpy ripe flavors of black cherry and black plum, while the finish is slightly sweet and on the easy side, indicating an open drinking window of now through 2026. Michael Schachner

-Wine Enthusiast 94 Points

 Vinous Antonio Galloni: 94 Wine Enthusiast: 94
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