This wine is a blend of 63% Garnacha, 32% Carinena, and the balance Syrah and Merlot aged in stainless steel. Baronia del Montsant is in the village of Cornudella de Montsant (Tarragona) in the Priorat region of Spain. Tarragona is located in the south of Catalonia by the Mediterranean Sea.
I actually didn’t drink very much wine during the holidays, but this was the highlight from the last week. Purple/ruby in color. Beautiful nose, bright, lots of fruit (raspberry and black cherry), loaded with pepper and a hint of bubble gum. Cherry, plum and pepper on the palate with some asphalt notes and classic Priorat minerality. Medium body, lean but still with lots of meat. Very approachable and weighing in at about 13.5% alcohol. Solid acidity and a pure finish.
Jay Miller rated this wine 92 points, calling the 2006 Flor d’Englora a candidate for best red wine value in his Spanish tastings for the 2006 vintage. In my opinion, the 92 points is a bit gratuitous, but I thought it was a very enjoyable bottle and a great value at $11-$14 a bottle. It struck me as a Spanish version of the Montirius Vacqueyras Garrigues 2005. I would give a nod to the Montirius, but the Flor D’englor is $6-$9 dollars less a bottle and a wine I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend at the price point.