93+pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2018 Martinet Bru is a wine that was born in 1990 and is now their way into Priorat but more about the stone than the fruit, less ripe than in the beginning, with complexity rather than voluptuosity. It's a blend of Garnacha, Cariñena, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from three organically farmed vineyards between Falset and Torroja. The grapes are picked early but at different times, fermented with some full clusters, co-fermented when possible (Garnacha-Syrah-Merlot and Cariñena-Syrah-Cabernet) with indigenous yeasts in concrete vats. It matured in a combination of 4,500-liter oak vats, used 300-liter barrels, amphorae and glass demijohns. It's elegant and fresh, nuanced and clean. It's very harmonious and feels very balanced, with fresh flavors and very fine tannins. It's one of the finest vintages for this bottling.
91pts Jeb Dunnuck
Always a good value, the 2018 Priorat Martinet Bru offers a juicy, upfront style carrying lots of ripe black cherry and mulberry fruits as well as notes of brambly herbs, licorice, and earth. It's nicely textured and balanced, has silky tannins, and is just a delicious drink.
Forward and elegant wine, lovely fresh nose of integrated black fruits and oak, overlaid with minerals and hints of spices in a warm deliciously smooth, fresh, friendly wine, marked tannins and licorice notes on its long lingering finish.
Martinet Bru is mainly sourced from a single vineyard, known as Mas Seró. This vineyard is located within the "Vi de Vila" (village wines) zone of Masos de Falset. It adjoins the D.O. Montsant (wine appellation) and has a similar climate to Montsant, although the differentiating factor is the soil, which is Llicorella (slate-based). The soil is stony but the vineyard is cool in terms of climate. It faces the cooling sea breeze (known as the "Garbinada") and the quality of the soil means this wine is more drinkable and easier to understand than most Priorat wines, affording it hint of licorice, blackberries... rosemary... and tannins.
Blend: 28% Grenache, 26% Syrah, 23% Carignan, 16% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon