2018 Laurel, Clos I Terrasses, Priorat DOCa, Spain

2018 Laurel, Clos I Terrasses, Priorat DOCa, Spain

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2018 Laurel, Clos I Terrasses, Priorat DOCa, Spain

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The 2018 Laurel is a softer, more elegant wine compared to the 2017 and has beautiful blue fruits as well as lots of floral and spice nuances. Full-bodied, seamless, and incredibly charming, with silky tannins, it’s already impossible to resist yet unquestionably has a decade or more of prime drinking ahead of it. The blend of the 2018 is 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Drink 2021 - 2032

Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com (Mar 2021)

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Jeb Dunnuck95/100
The Wine Advocate96/100
Jeb Dunnuck95/100
The 2018 Laurel is a softer, more elegant wine compared to the 2017 and has beautiful blue fruits as well as lots of floral and spice nuances. Full-bodied, seamless, and incredibly charming, with silky tannins, it’s already impossible to resist yet unquestionably has a decade or more of prime drinking ahead of it. The blend of the 2018 is 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Drink 2021 - 2032

Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com (Mar 2021) Read more
The Wine Advocate96/100
The second wine here and one that is easier to drink, the 2018 Laurel was produced with fruit from the younger vines, a couple of barrels that are declassified from Clos Erasmus and the Cabernet Sauvignon, more or less 70% Garnacha and 15% each Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. It has good ripeness and still a pH of 3.3. It fermented mostly in oak vats and 2,000-liter concrete vats with indigenous yeasts and matured for 18 months in 20,000-liter oak and concrete vats, second use barriques and some clay amphorae. It's a bright translucent ruby color and has a perfumed and delicate nose with notes of orange peel and flowers; this is the most elegant and ethereal vintage of Laurel as far as I can remember, with red rather than black fruit and a kind of cranberry quality. The palate is medium-bodied, textured and fluid, with subtleness, balance and very fine tannins. The oak is perfectly integrated, and the wine is easy to drink, approachable and very pleasurable right now. It's a fresh vintage with energy and finesse, quite different from previous vintages. I love it. 22,825 bottles and 515 magnums produced. It was bottled in May 2020.

Drink 2021 - 2028

Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Dec 2020) Read more

About this WINE

Clos Erasmus, Clos I Terrasses

Clos Erasmus, Clos I Terrasses

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Priorat

Priorat

Priorato, or Priorat, is one of the stand-out Spanish wine regions, with an extraordinary leap in wine quality, reputation and price over the 1990s. This small wine appellation, with 1,700 hectares of vines and just over 60 bodegas, lies to the west of the province of Tarragona in Catalonia

It includes the municipalities of Scala Dei, Gratallops and Falset, where vines grow on steep terraces at varying altitudes of 100 to 700 metres. The climate is continental, and the region blessed with an exceptional schistous terroir (mostly llicorella with layers of slate and quartz). This schist is part of the same stratum found in the finest vineyards of the Douro, Toro and Ribera del Duero. It provides ideal conditions for growing vines and also contributes to the much-lauded mineral-rich character of Priorato’s wines.

The region’s wines were revolutionised through the efforts of René Barbier. In 1989 he joined forces with a group of eight other winemakers to produce wine from eight plots (or clos), planting the best grapes using modern methods, and harvesting at extremely low yields. This original group included such distinguished bodegas as Alvaro Palacios (Finca Dofi), Costers del Siurana and Mas Martinet. 

The group later split up, but the legacy and the international acclaim their wines generated has attracted significant interest and investment in the Priorato region. It is now recognised as one of the great fine wine regions in Spain, rivalling Rioja and Ribera del Duero. The Priorat wines are typically powerful and full-bodied, with a warm, ripe fruitiness and impressive levels of concentration and minerality. The wines are made in all categories from Joven to Gran Reserva, undergoing the same oak ageing as Rioja.

The efforts of the Barbier group proved that old-vine, low-yielding Cariñena and Garnacha is the most planted variety here, followed by Garnacha. Both provide the backbone of the region’s wines, augmented by international varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.  

White varieties (i.e. Chenin Blanc, Macabeo, Garnacha Blanca, Viognier and Pedro Ximénez) occupy less than five percent of the vineyard area.

Recommended Producers:
Combier Fischer Gerin (Trio Infernal), Clos Figueres, Alvaro Palacios (Finca Dofi)

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Other Varieties

Other Varieties

There are over 200 different grape varieties used in modern wine making (from a total of over 1000). Most lesser known blends and varieties are traditional to specific parts of the world.

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