Genium Costers vi de Guarda 2009

Region: Priorat D.O.Q.

Grapes: 50% Cariñena, 30% Garnacha, 10% Merlot and 10% Syrah
Vintage: 2009
Color: Red

This wine was made from grapes planted on slopes, locally named “Costers." These are dramatically steep, up to 45 degrees, where no machine can be used. The vineyards are over 100 years old, a fact that provides a repeatable minerality, concentration and structure in comparison to other zones. The grapes undergo a 48 hour pre-fermentation cold soak followed by temperature controlled fermentation 29° to 32° celsius, in small stainless steel vats, and macerated for a 30-day period. Aged in new French Allier oak barrels of various toasts and coopers for 14 months. Bottled Unfiltered.


Publication Score Comments
The Wine Enthusiast 92 Smoky, fiery initial aromas of cinnamon, baking spices, schist and red-berry fruits echo with licorice and minerality. This is a big boy with 15.5% abv and a layered, rich, heady palate. Deep, dark, lusty plum and blackberry flavors run long on the finish, with notes of leather and wild herbs. Drink from 2017 through 2025. Cellar Selection
"Catalonia: Where the wine is as fiercely independent as its people" by Michael Schachner, Issue 2805, June 2015
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar 93 Glass-staining ruby. Heady aromas of dried cherry-vanilla, blackberry and pungent herbs, with a sexy potpourri nuance building in the glass. Juicy, concentrated and broad, offering lush cherry compote and licorice pastille flavors and a hint of fruitcake. Smooth, fine-grained tannins shape the clinging, smoky finish, which leaves sweet black and blue fruit notes behind. Showcases the ripeness of the vintage but comes off as surprisingly lively, with no rough edges.
"Focus on Spain" Issue 176 Sept/Oct 2014