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Merum Priorati Inici 2017

Merum Priorati Inici

Priorat (Spain)

The Merum Priorati winery offers a range of three red wines whose labels really do set out its objec...


/ btl 0.75 L

Details for Merum Priorati Inici 2017


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Bottle size and vintage

0.75 L - 2017


The Merum Priorati winery offers a range of three red wines whose labels really do set out its objectives: Inici (the Catalan for 'beginning'), Destí ('destiny') and El Cel ('the sky' or 'heaven'). For this company, like for so many producers who intend their wines to be a true reflection of origin, something which can seem obvious to us but isn't always so easy to achieve, the earth is of paramount importance. As we're in the Priorat, the protagonist here is the 'llicorella', the slate, poor in nutrients and good for drainage, which forces the roots to descend to great depths in search of water and results in the favourably slow ripening of the grapes. It's the llicorella that conducts the orchestra in this wine, with the Garnacha (60%) playing first violin, accompanied harmoniously by the Cariñena (15%), Syrah (15%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (10%).

We should take this wine Inici as the first movement for getting acquainted with the essence of the Priorat, from the perspective of a singular wine that has its own personality yet makes its place of origin patently clear, and for enjoying a wine in which, although some of the Garnacha features are predominant, the most important element is the composition's great balance. Inici is a delicate Priorat —within the usual potency of this denomination's wines— and citrusy, refreshing on the nose, with crunchy fruit and nerve, meaty on the palate. It's accessible in its youth, with lovely ripe tannins, but don't forget to open it in good time or decant it, in order to get rid of any first reductive notes which may appear on uncorking the bottle, only to give way immediately to intense aromas of red woodland fruits, raspberries, redcurrants, notes of dried herbs, eucalyptus and the odd hint of an old tome's yellowing pages— such remarkable complexity for a wine in this price range. It conceals a slightly dusty undertone of dry earth, yet without any rusticity and quite the contrary, refined, which emphasises even more the soil's minerality and the delightful balance with the fruit's creaminess and sweetness. As we pointed out at the beginning, the llicorella is the protagonist, the one calling the tune, although to its credit, the voice that's singing loud and clear is the Garnacha.

Food pairing

Cheeses / Stewed meats with mushrooms / To enjoy on its own / Magret of duck / Eggs / Meats cooked on hot stone / Partridge / Dishes with truffles / With a good book

Tasting notes

  • ViewBright / Intense / Clean / Ripe picota cherry red
  • Bouquet:Red fruit / Fresh / Fruit aromas / Mineral / Balanced
  • Mouth:Structured / Elegant / Ripe tannins / Long finish / Fleshy / Good acidity / Redcurrant / Red fruit / Forest fruits / Aniseed notes / Bilberries


  • Optimum serving temperature:Between 16ºC and 18ºC

Customer reviews

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by: Sapi (15 Oct) - Vintage 2017

Un molt bon vi del Priotat.

Una agradable sorpresa quan ens van recomanar aquest vi en el Restaurant La Caleche de Llívia. Fantàstic per acompanyar un bon àpat.

by: Josep riba dodas (16 Jul) - Vintage 2017


Gran priorat que a pesar de tener una alta graduacions entra bien en boca

by: Alvaro (5 Mar) - Vintage 2016

Cuerpo y fruta

Me ha gustado mucho, lo he bebido en tres días utilizando tapón con vacío y no ha perdido nada de sabor y cuerpo. Repetiré seguro.

by: paco (2 Mar) - Vintage 2016

Esperaba mas de este vino

Esperaba mas de este vino, lo probé nada mas recibirlo y me equivoqué, lo volveré a probar en unos días y a lo mejor mi valoración es otra.

by: (19/12/2019) - Vintage 2016

Por fin un sito donde comprar el vino que me gusta

El vino es muy bueno y lo recomiendo a todo el mundo siempre. Nada mas que añadir al comentario anterior

Merum Priorati

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