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Clos Berenguer Priorat Seleccio 2008

Other Red Wine from Priorat, Spain
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WS 93
Wine Spectator
A generous yet polished red, still fresh, with plum, mineral, coffee bean and licorice flavors that mingle seamlessly and finish gracefully, supported by well-integrated tannins. Grenache, Carignan, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2020.
WE 90
Wine Enthusiast
This is a ripe, meaty wine with raisin, mint and licorice aromas. The palate is dense and syrupy, with stewy blackberry flavors mixed with wild herb notes and licorice. That same stewy quality returns on the finish, which is powerful and dark in nature.
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Clos Berenguer, Priorat, Spain
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This gorgeous little winery is situated above an old manganese mine, inactive since the Spanish civil war. The gravity-powered winery has rehabilitated some of the mine’s tunnels to store its barrels for optimal ageing. With just 7 hectares of precious old-vines, Clos Berenguer focuses on producing only extrordinary reserve wines worthy of carrying the Priorat appellation on their labels.

Tiny and entirely composed of craggy, jagged and deeply terraced vineyards, Priorat is a Catalan wine-producing region that was virtually abandoned until the early 1990s. Its renaissance came with the arrival of one man, René Barbier, who recognized the region’s forgotten potential. He banded with five friends to create five “Clos” in the village of Gratallops. Their aim was to revive some of Priorat’s ancient Carignan vines, as well as plant new—mainly French—varieties. These winemakers were technically skilled, well-trained and locally inspired; not surprisingly their results were a far cry from the few rustic and overly fermented wines already produced.

This movement escalated Priorat’s popularity for a few reasons. Its new wines were modern and made with well-recognized varieties, namely old Carignan and Grenache blended with Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. When the demand arrived, scarcity commanded higher prices and as the region discovered its new acclaim, investors came running from near and far. Within ten years, the area under vine practically doubled.

Priorat’s steep slopes of licorella (brown and black slate) and quartzite soils, protection from the cold winds of the Siera de Monstant and a lack of water, leading to incredibly low vine yields, all work together to make the region’s wines unique. While similar blends could and are produced elsewhere, the mineral essence and unprecedented concentration of a Priorat wine is unmistakable.

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Beyond the usual suspects, there are hundreds of red grape varieties grown throughout the world. Some are indigenous specialties capable of producing excellent single varietal wines, while others are better suited for use as blending grapes. Each has its own distinct viticultural characteristics, as well as aroma and flavor profiles, offering much to be discovered by the curious wine lover. In particular, Portugal and Italy are known for having a multitude of unique varieties but they can really be found in any region.

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