Grapes: 30% Red Garnacha, 30% Cariñena from old vines (more than 40 years old) 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 10% Syrah.
Elaboration: Varieties separately fermented. Temperature controlled, long maceration. Wine kept in French oak barrels for 10 – 14 months. Followed by coupage and bottling. Then wines are bottle aged for at least 5 years.
Taste: Notes of minerals, in the nose. Predominance of ripe forest fruits and slightly roasted overtones. Elegant and balanced with a ripe fruit entrance, followed by a fresh flavor with an unctuous, long finish, and slight wood overtones.
Color: Intense scarlet with clear and bright ruby red trimmings.
Suggestion: Open and decant 30 minutes before serving.
Talking About the Wines:
-Wine & Spirits Magazine, Oct ’18 gave 92 points to 2011 Pleret, wine is listed “Year’s Best Priorat & Monstant Wines”. “This is mostly cariñena and garnacha from vines that average 45 years old. The rest of the blend consists of 20 percent merlot, 10 percent cabernet, and 10 percent syrah. It delivers abundant fruit, with notes of ripe blackberries, and sweet raspberries. The wood feels present, as do the slate-mineral scents. Give it about five years to evolve or, if you prefer, decant it now for braised oxtail.”
-International Wine Report, Dec ’17 gave 91 points to 2011 Pleret. “The 2011 Buil & Gine 'Pleret' is a compelling blend of Garnacha, Cariñena, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah. This deep colored wine begins with aromas of raspberry, thyme, and roasted dates. There is some nice mid-palate weight as the wine reveals dark fruit flavors with a touch of chocolate. The minerality impresses in this outstanding wine that is best enjoyed over the next decade.”
-International Wine Report, May '16 gave 94 points to 2010 Pleret. "... begins with bright aromas of spicebox, black chery, and black olive. This blend has incredible poise with flavors of anise, creme de cassis, wild blackberry, and hints of Black Forest cake, and Mandarin orange rind. There is lovely range to this irresistible bottling."
-International Wine Report, May '16 gave 93 points to 2009 Pleret. "This inky colored wine starts with rich aromas of black cherry, black olive, anise, sagebrush, and suggestions of cassis. There are flavors of cassis, milk chocolate, sage, and blackberry jam with accents of tar. Balanced and rich, this is a decadent treat that is drinking in its sweet spot. Buil & Giné have really captured the art of blending here with this late release Priorat."
-Vinous Media (Explore All Things Wine), Jan '16 gave 93 points to 2009 Pleret. "Complex aromas of cherry compote, boysenberry, lavender, candied licorice, and cola, along with a smoky mineral overtone. Broad, sweet, and ripe on the palate, offering smooth, concentrated black and blue fruit, floral pastille, and bitter chocolate flavors. Powerful, lush, and surprisingly lively with outstanding length, closing thrust, and smooth tannins that sneak in late."