Wine Review – Bernard Magrez Herència del Padrí

Bernard Magrez Herència del Padrí Priorat Spain wine bottleA good Priorat on the front end, but…

Name: Herència del Padrí

Vintage: 2012

Producer: Bernard Magrez

Region/Country: Spain

Grape Varietal(s): 43% Grenache, 21.5% Carignan, 21.5% Merlot, 14% Syrah

Consumed: At home

Recommended By: Staff member at the SAQ in Gatineau

Cost: $24.00

Bottle Presentation: Classic, plain, simple label

Appearance: Medium ruby red

Nose: Big! Leather, tobacco, cherries, plums or raspberries, and some spices, perhaps, white pepper

Taste: Tannic, leather, soil/terroir, and a touch of black licorice. Most of this made its presence known on the front. After a bit of time decanting, some vanilla notes emerged.

Finish: It remained tannic, with some earth notes, then fell flat rather quickly.

Overall Impression: A nice Priorat from a well known producer. I paired it with a lovely filet mignon, which easily overpowered the wine and rendered it flat. This came as a surprise given the combination of grapes, as well as past experiences with other wines from the same, fantastic Spanish region. Nonetheless, it paired better with cheese and, as a pleasant surprise, it was even better with dark chocolate. Just for fun, I might cellar a bottle to see how it evolves.

Rating (from 70 to 100): 81

Value: 3.5/5

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