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

2011 Jordi Oliver, Joc Negre, Emporda, Empordà

( €7.50, 14.5 )

A Rhône meets Bordeaux blend, via Emporda of course, this is a four-way cuvée of Garnatxa, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Floral and nuanced, with subtle red fruits that nod towards Pinot Noir, despite the alcohol, backed up by minerality and balance. Drink it chilled.


Similar Wines: £10-£20, 91-95, Spain, Red, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Syrah/Shiraz