the nose, very intense aromas associated with black berry. After, the wine
reveals mineral notes, Mediterranean herbs, typical vegetation of Priorat, and
balsamic notes, keeping the same intensity. The attack is elegant and ample.
After, the tannins appear, giving a concentrated and flexibile sensation.
Powerful, big volume, elegant with persistent notes of coffee and spicy on the
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
was too warm a vintage in Priorat, and the top cuvée from Mas Alta jumped from
2010 to the 2012 La Creu Alta. They own a plot of very old Cariñena vines in
the village of Torroja (all the rest of other vines are in the village of
Vilella Alta where the winery is located), which is mixed with more Cariñena,
Syrah and a pinch of Garnacha from different vineyards to make up a final blend
of around 60% Cariñena, 35% Syrah and 5% Garnacha. I think vinification and
élevage is now a secondary consideration for these Mas Alta wines because what
I have in the glass is much more about the place, which to me makes the wine
much more interesting. This is balsamic with notes hinting on camphor, but
mainly rosemary, fennel and thyme with even a floral touch and a mixture of
black and red berries and some spiciness thrown in. The palate is full-bodied,
but the tannins are very fine, and the rusticity of the Cariñena feels very
polished and elegant. Great Priorat. 3,300 bottles produced.