Following the traditional reds of Priorat, Ona is a blend of 40% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 20% Carignan. Priorats are fun wines to try and they can be surprisingly different. This particular Priorat is unoaked, making it fresh and fruit friendly. A definite must-try for wine explorers! Only 500 cases of this wine were produced.
Since our Vine Society members enjoy a bit of context, here's the scoop: Ona means wave in Catalan (it is also Nuria Garrote i-Esteve's daughter's name) who co-created the wine in collaboration with Blai Ferré (Winemaker). BTW, Nuria is a loyal guest at the Davidson Village Inn :).
Ona is Priorat in the raw, a wine of intensity and balance with little elaboration, merely the core of great fruit showing the potential for creating the type of wine Priorat has become known for: Upscale wines intended for the cellar that reveal an insight into time and place after years of development.
Although winemaking has been going on for centuries in the tiny mountain district of Priorat, it wasn’t until the mid-1990s, when a group of winemakers moved in and began making revolutionary wines, that it came to international attention.
Tasting Notes: Cassis and blueberry, dark chocolate, a fun and firmly structured wine.
The Land: The black quartz terrain of Priorat (aka “llicorella”) may sound like the stuff of legend, and indeed the region’s wines have, themselves, become legendary over the course of a single generation. Here, indigenous Garnacha & Cariñena (Grenache & Carignan) vines share their home turf with French expats like Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah to outstanding effect. Some examples stray into the realm of oak-centricism to such an extent that the unique terroir and impressive fruit are eclipsed, but this one is impeccably balanced.
Pairing Suggestions: Hickory-smoked duck bacon w/ black rice & chanterelles. Sheep’s milk cheeses.
Ona Priorat 2016 [Priorat, Spain]
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