2010 Roig Parals, Camí de Cormes, Empordà, Empordà

( €20, 15% )

The top wine from Roig Parals, sourced from an old, low-yielding vineyard named after a Civil War escape route through the Pyrenees. With incense and wild herbs on the nose, this is like walking into a Catholic church during high mass. Dense and concentrated, with subtle oak, layer upon layer of wild, spicy , herbal flavours, medium-weight, tarry tannins and a sweet core of fruit sustained by refreshing acidity.


Similar Wines: £30-£50, 91-95, Spain, Red

2009 Oliveda, Finca Furot, Emporda, Empordà

( €6, 13% )

A pure Cariñena from slate soils located at altitude, this is showing some development in the glass.  It’s a little rustic perhaps, but there’s some attractive oak sweetness here, bright acidity, firmish tannins and plenty of fruit.

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