17-XI means November 17th which is Saint Gregory celebration day. There is a beautiful chapel cave, under natural rock in Falset, Priorat, named Saint Gregory where growers go during harvest. He wanted to name the wine Saint Gregory so he used the date.
Grapes: 35% Red Garnacha, 35% Cariñena and 30% Tempranillo, 10 - 45 year old vines.
Elaboration: Varieties separately fermented. Temperature controlled, long maceration. Wine is aged in American oak casks for about 6 months. Followed by coupage and then 3-5 months of aging in bottles.
Taste: Dry red wine, with a complex bouquet mixing the aromas from both the grapes and the oak casks.
Color: Bright medium red.
Talking About the Wines:
-International Wine Report, April '17 gave 91 points to 2015 17-XI. "...The wine begins with earthy aromatics of dried sage, wet stone, bulls blood, black cherry compote and peat moss. There are ripe flavors of black tea, black truffle, black raspberry liquor and hints of crushed mint. Layered and polished, this wine will cellar well into the next decade and potentially more."
-Vinous Media (Explore All Things Wine), Jan' 16 gave 91 points to 2014 17-XI. "Highly perfumed, evoking ripe cherry and blackcurrant that are complemented by slowly emerging aromas of cured meat, lavendar and minerals...Seamless and very nicely concentrated, with smooth tannins lending shape to a very long, fruit-driven finish."
-Wine Spectator Magazine, Sept '15 gave 90 points to 2012 17-XI. "This focused red offers flavors of black cherry, kirsch, licorice, toast and mineral, with juicy acidity and well-integrated tannins. Features a nice balance of fruit and savory character."