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Spain’s Cariñena resurgence plus the top 20 buys

Characterful wines with true local identity – Sarah Jane Evans MW relished the task of picking 20 of her favourites made with this lesser-known but now resurgent Spanish variety.

What has driven it to top rankings in recent times is the appearance of single-varietal bottlings of the Cariñenas of PrioratDOCa.

These are from dry-farmed bush vines grown on remarkable slate soils, and some of the vines are more than a century old. Neighbouring Montsant, and Aragón, are also producing spectacular examples.

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Miguel Torres, Perpetual, Priorat, Catalonia, 2017

Miguel Torres, Perpetual, Priorat, Catalonia, 2017
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With the arrival of Mas de la Rosa in the Familia Torres Priorat wines, Perpetual could seem like a poor relation. However, it stands up well to the challenge. Bright floral aroma with red cherries. Sunburst of red fruits in the mouth, refreshed by a lift of citrus. Memorably brisk,…

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Spain’s Cariñena resurgence plus the top 20 buys