If you’re a fan of powerful, full-bodied red wines, consider trying one from the mountainous region of Priorat, located about 100 miles southwest of Barcelona. Home to some of Spain’s most expensive reds, Priorat holds the country’s highest classification Denominación de Origen Calificada (DOCa). Robust reds from Montsant, an appellation that encircles Priorat, are also good options and often quite affordable. Below is a comparison of wines from the two regions.

Vicente Gandía 2013 Xibrana Crianza Priorat

Bought • Schnucks Lindbergh, 10275 Clayton Road, in August for $14.99

Description • This is an extremely powerful, strongly flavored wine. Made from a blend of 80 percent garnacha, 15 percent syrah and 5 percent mazuelo (cariñena) it comes from vines that are 25 to 40 years old. Aged in oak for six months, the Xibrana is an intense wine that tastes of concentrated dried dark fruit, licorice and cedar. A friend described it as a good wine for whiskey drinkers. It should be enjoyed with food and would be best with flavorful, hearty fare.

Cellers Baronia del Montsant 2010 Cims del Montsant

Bought • Schnucks Lindbergh, 10275 Clayton Road, in August for $14.99

Description • This delicious, medium- to full-bodied red received 90 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. A blend of 63 percent garnacha and 37 percent cariñena, it was aged in oak for five months. Far easier to sip than the Xibrana and ready to drink now, this dry red is well-balanced with soft tannins and good acidity. It has complex layers of fruit, tasting of cranberries, strawberries and some plum with a touch of earthiness. It would go well with paella Valenciana.

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