One of my staff is vino groupie and he said he thought a lot about a wine I might not have tried and he found one to fit the bill. It was a Priorat from Spain. "Tweny-five years ago, this isolated territory high in the hills of Catalonia was virtually unknown to most of the wine-drinking world. Today, Priorats command some of the highest prices of any Spanish wine. The wines of Priorat are the real thing, distinctive and powerful expressions of a highly unusual terroir. " Spaniards of Distinction From Priorat written by Eric Asimov of The New Times on March 14, 2011."
This was truly a senses experience for me. I have never had a wine so spicy. It was almost like drinking black pepper with a black cherry chaser. It was bold, dense and full of character. I kept tasting it over and over trying to decide if I liked it or not. My husband who likes anything that has the flavor of pepper sauce LOVED IT! And it did pair wonderfully with my spiced pumpkin soup but I wish I good have had the taste buds of my Diva friends who like big and bold to have another opinion. So what's in a Priorat, a blend of Garnacha, Cariñena and probably a little Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. These wine are big and potent (14 to 15.5% alcohol).
If this is your type of wine, splurge and try one. It is a real treat and you will be able to brag that you have tried one.