The Priorat Mountains in northeast Spain are a harsh environment. Priorat’s wines play with a delicate balance between structure and lush fruit. GinéGiné is Buil & Giné’s first wine. If you’re new to the wines of Priorat, it is an excellent place to start. It captures the region’s essence. The winery’s vines here, most over 30 years old, are rooted deep in the craggy, dark local llicorella slate soil, rich in minerals from the Palaeozoic era. Grapes were fermented and macerated by variety and vineyard, then blended before coupage and bottling.
A red wine with the ripe bouquet characteristic of Priorat Grenache and Carignan, fruit and minerality in tandem. GinéGiné is incredibly versatile. The winemaker likes to call it “A wine for all seasons”. It pairs well with with an array of flavours: aromatic herbs, chiles, warm spices, sweet-tart balsamic vinegar, robust meat, and oily fish. A generous partner at the table.
“Ultra ripe, but showing that classic Priorat character of hot black licorice and wet, sun-warmed slate, raisined, sun-tortured fruit, like blackberry jam. The palate is thick and unctuous, saturated with black fruit and stony-scorched earth flavour; length is excellent. Top shelf value from this premium, and distinctive, growing region.”
92 points, John Szabo, MS, Oct 2018
“Buil & Giné’s entry-level Priorat blends 40 percent garnacha and 60 percent cariñena from vineyards throughout the region. It’s exuberant and expansive, with notes of black pepper and black fruits. It feels imposing, generously ripe with soft touches of slate. This is the wine you need for baby lamb chops.”
92 points, Wine & Spirits, Oct 2018
“This red is dense yet lively, with floral and smoke notes that frame bright cherry and red plum flavors, backed by mineral, licorice and garrigue details. Bright acidity enlivens the silky texture, supported by well-integrated tannins. Cariñena and Garnacha. Drink now through 2028.”
90 points + Smart Buy, Wine Spectator, August 2018