Grifoll Declara 2011 “Predicat”

30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah, 35% Samsó (Carignan), 15% Merlot; 14.5% ABV
Priorat DOQ, Spain
$5 at the Richmond, CA, store on 15 April

GrifollDeclara_2011_PredicatThis wine, with its Priorat origin, interesting blend, and saturated color through the bottle, looked quite promising.  It was mostly good, but also a bit weird.

The wine had tasty, dark, tangy fruit of blackberry / boysenberry, plum, and blueberry / mulberry that was elegantly complex, but also with a strange character I can’t quite put my finger on.  It’s sort of a combination of artificial candy / cough syrup plus brown / black rubber.  Despite those unpleasant-sounding descriptions, it actually wasn’t terrible to drink, especially as it aired over a few hours, even if it didn’t really taste like what I think wine should taste like.

The second half, stoppered in a 375ml bottle with very little air, was better.  The strange aspects were more subdued and integrated and, if I just took it as a tasty beverage, and didn’t think about it too much, it was fine.

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7 thoughts on “Grifoll Declara 2011 “Predicat”

  1. EHL

    I was intrigued by this unfamiliar Spanish wine and its little-known provenance.

    After reading BW’s review and doing some research on Priorat (an interesting article: http://www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/priorat-worth-the-money), I picked up a bottle and tried it out recently.

    I like it…a dense, chewy, full-bodied, blood-black, dark fruited wine with a lot of complexity and character, denoting its primary varietals of Carignan, CS and Syrah.

    Supposedly, the most expensive wines from Spain originate from this unique terroir dominated by llicorella rock beds. The tough, spartan growing environment produces low-yield grapes marked by vivid intensity and flavor.

    Nice buy for $5 for a wine with a “DOQ” high-quality designation…and returned to get more but unfortunately the Oakland GO was all out of it today.

    Guess the word got out…

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  2. joho1564

    This has a little brettanomyces or brett. That’s what gives it the kind of plasticky or barnyard scent and a bit of a dried out palate. It is tolerable in this wine. In others it can make it undrinkable. I like this one.

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    1. BargainWhine Post author

      Hi joho1564 and welcome! I’m glad to hear you liked this wine despite its slightly off flavor.

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  3. Rockridge44

    Yes, I agree with your review. It was a bit different: perhaps it was the Syrah in it. However, it was strange ok and very drinkable.

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