Vega Escal “worthy of a millionaire” according to top US critic
The Washington Post recently recommended Calamar Verdejo so we were thrilled to hear from our US importers that wine critic Dave McIntyre has singled out another of our wines for praise. Vega Escal 2014 features in an article about wines around the $20 price point that are “good enough for a millionaire like Steve Mnuchin” as the US Secretary of the Treasury was seen gifting Jared Kushner – President Donald Trump’s advisor and son-in-law – with a bottle of $22 red wine on a home visit.
Awarded the maximum “exceptional” score of three stars, Vega Escal was at the top of the list for its “great value” with McIntyre commenting that it is “delicious, and big, with firm tannic structure and a bright core of fruit shining through.”
Vega Escal is a blend of 50% Garnacha, 40% Cariñena and 10% Syrah from venerable old vines of more than 50 years of age, grown on slopes and terraces of the Priorat region’s famous slate “licorella” soil. This is a key factor in the style of these wine, retaining little water, absorbing heat by day and reflecting it back at night resulting in fully ripe grapes and a big, bold yet elegant wine with notes of red fruit, chocolate and a mineral palate. Six months in French and American oak smooth the tannins and aid notes of spice and vanilla without masking the fruit.