Vega Escal 2011

Region: Priorat D.O.Q.

Grapes: 50% Garnacha, 40% Cariñena, 10% Syrah
Vintage: 2011
Color: Red

All of the fruit for this wine is grown in and around Gratallops, where there tend to be warmer daytime temperatures than more northerly subregions of Priorat. Vines range in age from 10 years for the Syrah to 50 years for the Cariñena. Grapes were hand harvested in the middle of September. Varieties were fermented separately with a total of 22 days on skins prior to pressing. Aged 6 months in a combination of French and American oak barrels.

Bronze Medal
Decanter Awards 2015


Publication Score Comments
Vinous 90 (aged in a combination of French and American oak, 20% new, for six months): Vivid ruby. Spicy redcurrant, raspberry and fresh flowers on the perfumed nose. Silky, spicy and seamless, offering deep, energetic red berry flavors. The smooth, lively and long finish displays an echoing raspberry note, gentle tannins and a touch of smokiness.
Mediterranean Spain
January 2016
The Wine Enthusiast 89 Earthy berry and licorice aromas are composed, lightly oaked and attractive. This standard Priorato blend of Grenache, Carignan and Syrah is fresh feeling, with a bolt of bracing acidity. Juicy plum and raspberry flavors finish loamy, earthy and balanced. For a wine that’s no heavyweight, this is strong throughout. Drink through 2018.
Issue August 2015
Wine & Spirits Magazine 92 Over the last few years, Priorat vintners have been moving toward reds that show a cleaner and clearer expression of the place, rather than emphasizing power. This wine is a good example of the move. A blend of 50 percent garnacha, 40 percent cariñena and 10 percent syrah grown in the warm hills of Gratallops, it's filled with lush raspberry and strawberry flavors that reflect the region's sunny, hot days, as well as mineral tones from the soils that bring freshness and depth. It vibrates with energy, supple yet ample.
Best Buy
Issue February 2016
The Washington Post NA A red from Priorat as a summer wine? Remember those steaks coming off the grill! Priorat is known for powerful blockbuster reds with high alcohol, but this is a relatively restrained version that allows dark-fruit flavors to shine, especially several hours after opening or decanting. I’ve tasted so many Priorat wines that were simply hot that I was ready to give up on the region — until I tasted this one. From local importer Aurelio Cabestrero’s Grapes of Spain portfolio.
3 Stars (*** Exceptional) "5 wines perfect for the patio" by Dave McIntyre, June 6, 2015
Decanter World Wine Awards NA Long and generous, baked fruit tones glisten against bright acidity on the persistent palate. Wonderful structural clarity injects interest, whilst oak tones intrigue. Great value.
Bronze Award 2015