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

2010 Castillo Perelada, Finca La Garriga, Empordà, Empordà

( €16, 14% )

A varietal Samsó (Cariñena) from one the region’s most ambitious producers, this is a modern style Emporda red with lashings of sweet oak. The freshness and spiciness of the Samsó give the wine lift and balance, with dark, black fruits to the fore. A wine that needs some time in the bottle to show at its best.


Similar Wines: £20-£30, 86-90, Spain, Red, Carignan