Grapes: 45% Red Garnacha, 45% Cariñena from old vines (more than 25 years old), and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon from young vines (5-12 years old).
Elaboration: Varieties separately fermented. Temperature controlled, long maceration (approximately 24 days). Wine kept in American and French oak barrels for 12 months. Followed by coupage and bottling. Then bottle aged for at least 2 years.
Taste: Rich with black fruits, figs, mint, and sweet pepper, well combined with oak flavors like vanilla, toasted dry fruits, and truffle. Structured wine with strong, but pleasant tannins, and mineral notes that come from Llicorella soil. Ripe grape bouquet typical of the Priorat Garnacha and Cariñena varieties. Open and decant 30 minutes before drinking.
Color: Dark-colored red.
Suggestion: Open and decant 30 minutes before drinking.
Talking About the Wines:
-Wine & Spirits Magazine, Oct ’18 gave 93 points to 2013 Joan Giné, wine is listed “Year’s Best Priorat & Monstant Wines”. “This is the flagship of Buil & Giné, a blend of equal parts garnacha and cariñena, from vines about 25 years old. Ten percent of the blend is cabernet sauvignon planted more recently. All of the vines grow on slate soils and the wine smells of stones more than fruit. It’s a compact expression of Priorat’s llicorella soils, intense, austere, and focused on its monolithic tannic structure. Give it at least ten years in the bottle to start expanding.”
-Wine & Spirits Magazine, Feb '17 gave 93 points to 2012 Joan Giné. "What began as a family of growers in Priorat is today one of the area's stellar wineries. Joan Giné is its flagship- a blend of equal parts Garnacha and Cariñena, with 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Notes of slate and bright red fruit lead the way, with nuances of dried fruit and spices, giving complexity, and charm. It's a big wine, with strong tannins, so cellar it for five years, or pour now with something meaty."
-International Wine Report, May '16 gave 92 points to 2012 Joan Giné. "This compelling wine starts with aromas of black cherry, coffee grounds, red currant, and black tea. There are flavors of black cherry, spicebox, and anise, with hints of cassis, and Earl Grey tea... This is some really nice value coming out of Priorat."
-Vinous Media (Explore All Things Wine), Jan '16 gave 91 points to 2011 Joan Giné. "A pungent, mineral-accented bouquet evokes fresh cherry, and licorice, along with a suave floral overtone... The long, sweet finish is shaped and focused by fine-grained tannins, with zesty allspice, and floral notes left behind."