The Person: Artur Suqué (head of Grup Perelada, owner of Casa Gran Siurana)
The Place: Priorat in the Penedes region of Spain south of Barcelona
“GR-174” is the name of a well-known hiking path that crosses Priorat. Perelada (owners of Casa Gran Siurana) feel that this path is a great introduction to the rustic beauty of Priorat just as I feel that this wine (their entry level) is the best introduction (regardless of price) to the wine of Priorat.
CASA GRAN del SIURANA GR-174, Priorat, 2012 ($14.99)
A 15% alcohol blend of 40% Grenache, 30% Carignan, and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 5 months in oak barrels (all French, none new). Sensory: Purple-red in color with well formed legs; dry, full-bodied with softly balanced acidity and medium chewy phenolics. Rich but bright dark red and some black fruit. Supple feel. Rich in the mouth. Juicy and supple but still shows the graphite and a bit of garrigue. Utterly delicious. BearScore: 92+.