Clos Martinet Priorat 2001 Front Label
Clos Martinet Priorat 2001 Front Label

Clos Martinet Priorat 2001

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The flagship offering, the inky/purple-colored 2001 Clos Martinet, is a blend of 38% Grenache, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Carignan, 12% Syrah, and the rest Merlot. With great density and fabulously explosive aromatics (acacia flowers, crushed blackberries, blueberry liqueur, and wet stones), this full-bodied, compellingly rich, multilayered, awesome wine is a great example of what makes the Priorat appellation so special. Still young and unevolved, it needs 2-4 more years of cellaring, and should last for 15+ years.
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Clos Martinet is owned by José Luis Perez, one of the original Priorat pioneers (along with René Barbier, Alvaro Palacios and Carles Pastrana) who made their first wine together in 1989. José Luis has now handed over day-to-day responsibilities to his talented daughter, Sara, and under her dynamic direction the estate is making what for many critics is the most sophisticated and elegant of the great Priorat 'clos'. There are two estate wines. Martinet Bru is the younger vine cuvée, super-fruity, approachable in its youth, and excellent value. This initiative also ensures the consistently outstanding quality of the top wine, Clos Martinet, because only the best parcels are blended in.
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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. This Spanish wine's 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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