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