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BLACK SLATE 13 LA VILELLA ALTA
MAS ALTA BLACK SLATE 2013 LA VILELLA ALTA
Item: #381793
Bottle Size:750ml
WA:95
$19.95
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ROBERT PARKER 95 POINTS - "This is a joint venture between famed Rhône négociant Michel Tardieu, his oenologist Philippe Cambie and importer Eric Solomon. Read More...
From the area of Priorat known as the Vilella Alta, these are high-density vineyards planted more than 1,000 feet above sea level. The vines average between 15 to 60 years old. The final blend of the 2013 Black Slate is 60% Grenache, 35% Carignan and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, all aged for one year in French oak (60% new and 40% one-year-old). The color is inky/bluish/purple. The wine offers up notes of blueberry and blackberry liqueur mixed with wet rocks, spring flowers and graphite, followed by a full-bodied, dense, multidimensional wine with fabulous intensity, loads of burgeoning complexity and a precise and lush feel to the palate. Tannins are present, but silky and well-integrated. This is a seamless, beautifully made wine that sells for a song, considering the quality and complexity it possess. Drink over the next 5-8 years."
BLUEGRAY 13 PRIORAT
BLUEGRAY 2013 PRIORAT
Item: #381221
Bottle Size:750ml WS:91
$15.98
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WINE SPECTATOR 91 POINTS - "Firm and focused, this red makes an impression through energy rather than weight. Cherry, black olive, licorice and Read More...
garrigue flavors mingle on a lithe frame, with well-integrated tannins and balsamic acidity. Offers a fresh, spicy finish. Drink now through 2021."

It is an exciting time for Spanish winemaking and particularly for the Priorat region which continues its evolution as a producer of thrilling red wines. Although winemaking has taken place in Priorat for centuries, the region really caught the public’s attention in the 1990’s when several producers blazed a trail, focusing on quality. Today, this area is thriving and the demand for its wines continues to grow.

One of the great names associated with winemaking in Spain is Juan Gil, maker of the hugely popular Clio and El Nido wines, which sell out quickly once we get them in the store. One of Gil’s newer ventures is his exciting project in Priorat which he calls Bluegray, named for the color of the slate soils in his vineyards. Bluegray is a blend of 45% Grenache, 30% Mazuelo (Carignan) and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, which is lush and powerful, yet artfully balanced with pure fruit flavors augmented by minerality imparted by the soils. It is made in a ripe, fruit-forward style which seems tailor-made for the American palate.

Deep ruby with heavy staining of the tears, the nose shows focused ripe black fruit and cherry flavors accented by fresh autumn spices, mineral and spicy notes. On the palate, this wine is full-bodied with very smooth tannins. The fresh fruit flavors on display include blackberry, cherry, currant and blue plums. This shows good balance and drinkability with a long, lingering finish. Enjoy on its own or with grilled and roasted beef, aged cheeses and hearty dishes.
BUIL & GINE 06 PLERET
BUIL & GINE 2006 "PLERET"
PRIORATO
Item: #382800
Bottle Size:750ml
$64.95
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WINE & SPIRITS 95 POINTS - "Packed with dried cherry and spice notes, this Priorat has begun to reach maturity, but has yet to reach its peak. There’Read More...
s still plenty of energy, acidity and freshness, and powerful fruit flavors that pulse with vibrancy. The best vintage of Pleret to date, this wine benefits from Buil & Giné’s oldest plantings of garnacha and cariñena (over 40 years), blended with cabernet, merlot and syrah."

In the holy pantheon of Spanish red wines, the big, full-bodied wines of Priorat can contend only with Rioja and Ribera del Duero for excellence and prestige. A historical appellation dating back to the 12th Century, Priorat, or “priory,” takes its name from the Carthusian Monastery of Scala Dei founded in 1194 to commemorate the spot where, legend has it, a shepherd had a beatific vision of angels ascending a stairway to heaven. Buil & Gine, a family domaine founded in 1996, has quickly risen to preeminence in the appellation, and is widely considered one of the best young producers in Priorat.
CLOS ERASMUS 13 LAUREL
CLOS ERASMUS 2013 "LAUREL"
Item: #381942
Bottle Size:750ml
$49.95
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The second wine from Clos Erasmus. Grenache, Cabernet Sauvgnon, Syrah blend. Daphne Glorian's second wine is massive and complex, with big red and black fruit flavors, asian spice Read More...
and velvety tannins.
CLOS FIGUERES 10
CLOS FIGEURES 2010
Item: #380342
Bottle Size:750ml
$79.98
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Clos Figueres has a denser rich ruby colour with wonderful scents of ripe blackberries and blueberries intermingled with the rich mineral flavours of a great Priorat. On the palate Read More...
Clos Figueres is approachable with pure intense flavours and a lush smooth texture. Loaded with fresh red and black fruit, intermixed with minerals and spices, the finish is long and smooth. A delight for drinking over the next 10 to 12 years.
CLOS MOGADOR 13 NELIN BLANC
CLOS MOGADOR 2013 NELIN BLANC
Item: #381966
Bottle Size:750ml
WA:94
$49.95
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WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "The 2013 Nelin was bottled in April 2015, so it has had a much longer élevage than before and they even hope to hold Read More...
onto the bottles for a few months before selling it. It has a very expressive nose of yellow flowers, pollen, beeswax and quince intermixed with some earthy, clay-like aromas. The palate is more delineated and fresh than the nose hints, great acidity and saline, marine flavors ending salty. It's a very tasty, unusual and nuanced white produced in a different, more oxidative style than the majority of whites nowadays. Just great."

Clos Nelin is the property of Rene Barbier of Clos Mos comprised of four parcels totalling 10 hectares on llicorella soil located close to the village of Gratallops. The wine is a blend of 50% Garnacha Blanca and the rest Pinot Noir (blended as a white), Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne, Macabeo, Pedro Ximenez and Escanya Vella (a.k.a “old strangler”!). The wine is vinified in a combination of stainless-steel and concrete eggs, plus various sizes of oak barrel, where it spends nine months on its lees. The maiden vintage was 2000 and just 6,000 bottles are produced. Readers should note that the wine is now entitled simply “Nelin” rather than “Clos Nelin.”
NOSTER INICIAL 12 PRIORAT
NOSTER INICIAL 2012 PRIORAT
Item: #378876
Bottle Size:750ml
$13.95
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PALACIOS 12 GRATALLOPS
ALVARO PALACIOS 2012 GRATALLOPS
Item: #383025
Bottle Size:750ml
$59.95
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The 2012 Alvaro Palacios Gratallops Vi de Vela is a true example of a wine with a sense of place. This reletively new project from Alvaro Palacios concentrates on old vineyards located Read More...
immediately surrounding the village of Gratallops and has received tremendous critical praise since its initial release. Only 60 bottles imported into the US.

INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR, JOSH RAYNOLDS 93 POINTS - “Vivid ruby. Seductively perfumed aromas of red berries, spicecake, incense and candied flowers, with a suave mineral note emerging with air. Offers deeply pitched raspberry, bitter cherry and licorice flavors along with a sexy rose pastille nuance. Pure, spicy and focused on the finish, which shows excellent clarity and smooth, harmonious tannins.”
PALACIOS 14 CAMINS DEL PRIORAT
ALVARO PALACIOS 2014 CAMINS DEL PRIORAT
Item: #380775
Bottle Size:750ML
$19.98
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Alvaro's Camins is made half from local variety Samsó (a synonym for Carinena), then 40% Garnacha and 10% shared between Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. The wine has classic Priorat weight, Read More...
with velvety raspberry fruit and hints of spice and vanillin; the naturally ripe exuberance inherent in this region has been tamed by this relatively mild vintage and the result is pleasingly approachable in youth.
PALACIOS FINCA DOFI 12
PALACIOS FINCA DOFI 2012
Item: #382908
Bottle Size:750ml
$69.99
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INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR, STEPHEN TANZER 94 POINTS - " Brilliant ruby. Potent red berry liqueur and floral scents are complemented by deeper Read More...
notes of licorice, cola and licorice, with a mineral nuance adding lift and focus. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering concentrated but lively spice-tinged raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a touch of candied flowers. Silky tannins add shape to the extremely long, fruit-driven finish, which leaves a sexy spicecake note behind. In the context of elite Priorat wines this is a serious value. (9/2014)
VALL LLACH 12 PORRERA
VAL LLACH 2012 PORRERA
Item: #379482
Bottle Size:750ml
$59.98
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