- Vinedos De Ithaca Akyles Priorat 2009 Product #26419 (In Stock)
Silvia Puig makes Akyles with the fruit of yonger vines growing on steeply sloped vineyards covered in Priorat’s distinctive shattered red and black slate called “llicorella.” It’s a blend of 45% Garnatxa Negre and Garnatxa Peluda (“hairy Grenache”) plus 40% Carinena and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2009 aged for 10 months in 400 liter used French oak barrels and has now had nearly 3 years in bottle to soften and open up.
Now the layered aromas of lavender, violets, and purple plum and berry fruit burst from the glass. In the mouth, the texture and shape of the wine are exiting, with mouthcoating, lush, fruit over notes of melted rock, slate, bitter chocolate and just a hint of mint. While the fruit is sweet and ripe, the acidity and minerality make this a savory wine of great focus and detail. The bright acids and supple tannins flow all the way to the end where a bitter chocolate note lingers. The kind of “serious” wine that’s fun to drink and makes you come back again and again.
"Glass-staining ruby. Spicy cherry, blackberry and cracked pepper on the nose, with a subtle incense quality adding complexity. Bright and energetic for the vintage, owing to sharply focused dark berry and floral pastille flavors and zesty spiciness. A suggestion of violet candy builds on a mildly tannic finish of black pepper and floral notes."International Wine Cellar 92 points