Priorat is my favorite region in Spain. It is a wine region in Catalonia, Spain, just north of Barcelona, which consists of only 60 and some change wineries (bodegas). Nevertheless, I think this region produces some of the best wines of Spain.

Almost everything I have ever had from Priorat has been quite fantastic, though most have also been pricey. Generally they retaile for 20+ euros, most above 30. We happen to be in the US right now and my wife picked up a Priorat for about 20 bucks. We were both quite excited as that converts to about 13 euros nowdays. Wow, that is a good price. Unlike the wine, which is not the best example of this wonderful region.

Marge is from the small family winery Roquers. They produce two wines, both red, and Marge is their lower end selection. It is a blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot and Syrah and is aged for 8 months in French and American oak. It is more or less the table wine version of your “normal” Priorat. The Marge is quite fruity, easy to drink, not very complex and quite young. I would not say this is something you can or should put away, it is drinkable as is. If you are looking for a typical Priorat this wine is not it. I would certainly call it drinkable and it is not bad for its price range, but it is not what you would come to expect from the Priorat label.

I recently tasted another example of this region at an even lower price, but for the life of it I cannot remember what it was. If I do, I will be sure to post it here as an update.

UPDATE: The better Priorat at a lower price was the Onix (2006), which retails anywhere between 11-13 dollars. this wine is an incredible steal at that price and is more representative of Priorat than the Marge.

Name: Marge, 2004, Roquers de Porrera

Rating: 7 out of 10

Body: Medium

Price: 20 US dollars

Got it at: RJ Market, San Francisco

Marge, 2004, Roquers de Porrera