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

Mysterious Organic Stuff

October 30, 2007

I admit I generally dislike organic wine. This is in spite of the fact that I vastly prefer organic food to generic stuff you get in supermarkets. The reason I dislike organic wine is because I have never had a decent one out of about 15-20 kinds I tried, ranging from well known labels such as Bonterra to obscure ones from unknown (at least to me) French regions. They were all extremely mediocre at best.

So the other day we are shopping at this organic store, Napos Oldal, in Budapest and there is a wine rack full of wines I have never seen before. Just for sh**s and giggles I figured I would pick up the cheapest bottle and if it tasted vile I would just pour it down the drain. I proceeded to pick up the bottle without even really reading the label. When I got home, I found out that the wine is non-vintage!!! A great place to start I thought to myself…

So one night I pulled the cork on this beast called not sure what. The only thing written on the label is Roble Camino. I guess Roble means oak and indicates that the wine spent some time in oak, but not enough to be labeled crianza (which is aged at least 6 months in oak and a total of 2 years). Don’t ask me about the varietal, I have no clue, but low and behold, the wine was OK. It was one of the better, if not the best organic wines I have had. It was smooth, with a touch of oak, very nicely flowing, not much complexity, but definitely did not stop early on the finish. While I would not call this great wine, it was one of the biggest surprises this year. I would buy it again but the store no longer carries it.

Name: No clue 😉

Rating: 6.5 out of 10

Body: Light to Medium

Price: approx. 7 euros

Got it at: Napos Oldal, Budapest, Hungary

Roble Camino