After last night’s tasteless Sabor Real it’s time for the big guns. I’ve been impressed with these Trio Infernal wines since their inaugural vintage. It’s an interesting story – too long to get into here but the short version is: 3 good friends in France who all make exceptional wines over there, fell in love with a winery in Spain and figured they should show the Spanish how to make French wine in Spain – rather like Bush saying he’ll show the Iraqis what American democracy is like in Iraq. Some things work, some don’t. This wine works. The 3 French guys all make wine in the Rhone so not surprisingly this wine uses a Rhone varietal – carignan. In this case the vines are over 90 years old and the minerality that these vines suck up through the ground is amazing. The wine is definitely intense but really well balanced. Loads of black cherry, mushroom, a hint of Lee & Perrins, some black licorice, caramel, Madura cigar, and the list goes on. Don’t confuse this wine with the Trio Infernal No 1/3 – it’s cheaper by a lot and its Grenache based with only 40% carignan from much younger vines. I know the label is pretty pathetic but don’t let that fool you – inside the ‘book’ you get chapter after chapter of revealing flavors. A note on the vintage – 2003 wasn’t great in Spain. Massively hot but it’s indicative of how good these 3 French guys are that they showcased an exceptional vintage for the year. It’s not a wine I would look to cellar for any further length of time – maybe 3 years max. So if you find it, buy it and drink it. Right now. I have just 10 bottles left and I’ve tried to find more, either through the importer or just on retail shelves and I failed.
- Producer: Trio Infernal
- Vintage: 2003
- Varietal: Carignan
- Country: Spain
- Region: Priorat
- Production: Tiny
- Availability: 10 bottles left – $69.00 per bottle (2004 is about $85 average in NY)
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