Expressive wines from Priorat
One of the benefits of having a Barcelona-based buyer is the local knowledge he picks up whilst leaning on the counters of tapas bars dipping baby squid into Romesco sauce and eavesdropping on local wine enthusiasts. One such 'tip off' led us to Albert Jane Ubeda and Acustic Celler; the name taken from Albert's unplugged approach to winemaking and his desire to see the terroir shine through in the glass unencumbered by excessive intervention.
Albert started out in Montsant, where he still produces some fantastic wines, but what really piqued our interest was his new project in Priorat.
Finding Priorat that isn't a) extraordinarily expensive and b) seemingly made with 100 points from American critics in mind is not easy, but that is exactly what Albert produces.
These are brilliant, expressive wines from one of Spain's best regions that don't break the bank and are refreshingly free of slick, oaky flavours.