2008 Empordàlia, Coromina, Empordà, Empordà

( €9, 14.5% )

A varietal Cariñena from one of the better co-ops in the region. This is a tarry, slightly chewy red with plenty of tannin, notes of wild Mediterranean herbs and refreshing acidity. The fruit is drying a little on the palate.


Similar Wines: £10-£20, 86-90, Spain, Red, Carignan

Castillo Perelada, Ex Ex 9, Empordà 2010/2011, Empordà

( €50, 14.5% )

Ex ex stands exceptional experiences, apparently, with this being the ninth release under this label. Aromatic, alcoholic and eucalyptus-perfumed, this is a revolutionary blend of Sangiovese and Nero d’Avola with bright acidity, medium tannins and good structure, with vanilla oak adding an extra layer of flavour.

Similar Wines: £50-£100, 91-95, Spain, Red, Sangiovese

2009 Vinyes dels Aspres, Negre dels Aspres, Empordà, Empordà

( €15, 15% )

The more popular David Molas’ wines become the less we will see reds with some bottle age, which is a shame as these certainly develop over time. Combining Cariñena, Garnacha, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a stylish, spicy, sun-kissed wine with subtle oak and notes of incense and dried herbs.


Similar Wines: £20-£30, 91-95, Spain, Red, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Grenache, Merlot

2006 Empordàlia, Antima, Empordà, Empordà

( €16, 14.5% )

A big improvement on the 2005 from this co-op, this is brighter, fresher and more alive. It’s a little dry and rustic, but there’s appealing fruit sweetness beneath it: figgy, yet surprisingly youthful, with bramble and blackberry fruit.

Similar Wines: £30-£50, 86-90, Spain, Red