Morlanda Criança contains the traditional grapes of Priorat: Garnacha and Cariñena. Many believe that Garnacha and Cariñena are at their best in the Priorat, producing wines of enormous power and depth. More than 90 percent of the vines in the DOC are red varieties. More recent plantings include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Of the white varieties, Macabeo, white Garnacha and Pedro Ximénez (used in sweet dessert wines) are traditional. The 2003 Blend 60% Garnacha 30% Cariñena 10% Cabernet Sauvignon The 2007 Blend 50% Garnacha 50% Cariñena Tasting Notes Full cherry, ruby red, with good intensity. Fine nose of deep, dark fruit, plums, blackberries and black currants, with lovely toasty, roasting coffee, a hint of balsamic, and a fine touch of licorice. Exceedingly complex. The palate is full and flavorful, reflecting the aromas on the nose with soft tannins, lightly sweet finish.
Morlanda is located in Bellmunt del Priorat and was founded in 1997, although the vineyards that surround the modern winery are much older. With 1780 acres of land, only 47 are planted vineyards, many of which are 25-40 years old. The Morlanda vines typically yield under 1.25 tons per acre, low even for Priorat standards. The elevation is between 550 and 700 feet. The name of the winery is taken from the name of the highest hill in the area. The estate produces about 3,300 cases of wine annually.