03 Trio Infernal, Priorat 1/3
Is it "one of three" or just "one-third" of a wine? Trio's entry-level Priorat is missing a few parts, one of which is most certainly syrah. Because, if three Rhone-area winemakers are going to take the 13-hour-round-trip drive from their French vineyards to the heart of Catalonia, Spain every two weeks to tend their vines, they ought to bring some syrah there with them. It would've added much-needed depth to this humble garnacha/carignan blend--a soft, easy slurp, elegantly-styled, but mostly very boring. The leathery tastes and aromas are classic of Priorat, though, while the smoky carignan backbone suggests that something might emerge in the next two or three years. Unless it's really just meant to be a fun table wine.