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BLACK SLATE 12 PORRERA
BLACK SLATE 2012 PORRERA PRIORAT
Item: #381825
Bottle Size:750ml
WA:93
$18.98
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ROBERT PARKER 93 POINTS - "From one of Priorat’s coolest micro-climates, this 2012 Black Slate is composed of 60% old vine Grenache (60+ years) and 40% Read More...
old Carignan (80 years), and aged 12 months in concrete tanks, old wood foudres, and two-year-old barrels. It reveals lots of licorice, crushed wet rock, sweet blueberry and black raspberry fruit characteristics along with a full-bodied, moderately tannic mouthfeel. The tannins are sweet and well-integrated, and the wine is drinking beautifully already. For a relatively expensive Spanish appellation, this is an outright steal! Consume it over the next 3-6 years."

One of the oldest grape-growing families in the Priorat, the Sangenis family had historically sold the entirety of their production to the local cooperative until 1995 when they formed a new domaine, Celler Cal Pla. Now, youthful Joan Sangenis manages the estate, farming the vineyards organically and making the wines in a small cellar in Porrera.

In a region where almost everyone has a few vines over 50 years old, the Sangenis family’s entire vineyard is this old, with several small parcels of 100+ year old vines of Grenache and Carignan. Also, they are one of the few holders of extremely old vine white Grenache, a varietal that many properties have ripped out. This old vine material means that yields are extremely low and concentration quite high. In addition to the Mas d’En Compte Blanc there is a companion Negre as well as a small quantity of the oldest vines from Mas d’En Caçador vineyard bottled under the Planots label. Joan also makes Black Slate from the village of Porrera.

Black Slate is a blend of 60% Grenache (from 60-year-old vines) and 40% Carignan (from 80-year-old vines) and comes from the Priorat, a mountainous region in southwest Catalonia, Spain, which can produce powerful, flavorful red wines. The area is characterized by its warm climate and unique terroir of black slate and quartz soil known as llicorella. This type of soil retains very little water so vines are smaller than usual and produce smaller yields, but the grapes have exceptional concentration and depth.
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.
BUIL & GINE 10 ROSATO
BUIL & GINE 2010 ROSATO
Item: #378023
Bottle Size:750ml
$15.98
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Its colour is salmon pink, intense, clear and bright. In the nose it has an intense, outstanding aroma of red fruit (strawberries, raspberries) over a flowery depth (camonile, linden blossom). Read More...
In the mouth it is fresh, fatty, full and pleasant with a final fruity taste.
BUIL & GINE 11 "GINE GINE"
BUIL & GINE 2011 "GINE GINE"
Item: #382315
Bottle Size:750ml
$16.98
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This unoaked old-vines cuvee remains an exceptional bargain in this pricey neighborhood. Jammy berry, lush and packed with fruit.


CASA GRAN DEL SIURANA   GR-174
CASA GRAN DEL SIURANA GR-174 2012
Item: #380894
Bottle Size:750ML
$17.98
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Cherry red in color. Intense fresh floral aromas, with a mint touch. In the mouth it is fruity, round and complex. A fine structured wine, well balanced and elegant. Garnatxa(35%), Carinyena(25%) Read More...
Cabernet Sauvignon(40%).50% aged during nine months in French oak barrels.
GR-174 is the lovely path that crosses Priorat. Hiking all along this track is probably the best way to feel its beauty. If you could concentrate in a bottle the ripe fruits aromas and the minerality of its terroir the result would be a wine like this.
CLOS MOGADOR 11
CLOS MOGADOR 2011
Item: #377354
Bottle Size:750ml
WA:96
$89.98
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WINE ADVOCATE 96 POINTS - "The 2011 Clos Mogador feels ripe, serious and young. Rene Barbier likes to pick ripe grapes but without any raisins making Read More...
it into the vats. The wine is a blend of the different grapes in his Clos Mogador vineyard (it’s just one of a handful of wines officially awarded the single-vineyard label by the Catalan wine institutions): Garnacha, Carinena, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. But the wine speaks more of the place than the grapes, with notes of slate, thyme, rosemary, sage, lavender, black cherries and a supple palate, full-bodied, with pungent flavors, round, velvety tannins and a long aftertaste. This is a superb effort for such a warm vintage, the warmest and driest in Priorat since 2003, and great value for the quality. 30,000 bottles are produced of this prodigious, powerful but balanced Priorat. Drink 2015-2025.

Clos Mogador and the Barbier family should require no introduction to any Priorat aficionado, as they are the pioneers and catalysts of modern day Priorat. To understand low yields (and high prices) it should be enough to say that from their 40 hectares of vineyards they produce 45,000 bottles of wine per year. The wines are not cheap, but for the quality they offer they represent good value and are all highly recommended."

Clos Mogador is named after the single vineyard that René Barbier started to cultivate in the 1970's in the now-famous wine village of Gratallops. The wines of Clos Mogador have become as famous as other mythical wines of the world such as Italy's Sassicaia and Bordeaux's Château Margaux. It has reached the cult status (and prices) as "un Grande Vino" on the world's stage.

One of the most interesting aspects of winemaking at Clos Mogador is the fact that René presses the grape using an olive press, which has the effect of only extracting half of the amount of juice that a typical wine press would, making the wine 50% more concentrated. Considering that Priorat wines are already highly concentrated, and that "normal" yields are absolutely microscopic (especially compared to other Spanish wine regions such as La Rioja), the wines of Clos Mogador are nearly elixirs. Robert Parker, the influential wine critic, was one of the first international critics to praise the wines of this stunning winery.
CLOS MOGADOR 12 NELIN BLANC
CLOS MOGADOR 2012 NELIN BLANC
Item: #381966
Bottle Size:750ml
$44.98
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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 Read More...
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.”
JOAN SIMO 07 LES ERES
JOAN SIMO 2007 LES ERES
Item: #381608
Bottle Size:750ml
WA:92
$59.98
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WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - “The opaque purple-colored 2007 Les Eres Vinyes Velles exhibits notions of smoky black fruits, liquid minerality, Asian spices, Read More...
lavender and black cherry. Nicely proportioned, sweetly fruited, and intense, it has a bit more stuffing than the Sentius and will evolve for 2-3 years. Drink this tasty Priorat from 2013 to 2022.”

55% old vine Garnacha, 30% old vine Carinena, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon Aged for 16 months in 95% new French Allier and 5% American oak barrels, with a composition of 80% medium toast, 20% medium to heavy toast.
MAS D'EN COMPTE 12 TINTO
MAS D'EN COMPTE 2012 TINTO
Item: #380456
Bottle Size:750ml
WA:95
$29.95
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Mas d'En Compte is situated in Priorat, which is in the rugged hills of Northern Spain in Spanish Catalonia, not Barcelona. This region is now considered one of the best terroirs in Read More...
the world for the production of wines based around Grenache (Garnacha) and Carignan.

In a region where almost everyone has a few vines over 50 years old, the Sangenis family’s entire vineyard is practically this old, with several small parcels of 100+ year old vines of Grenache and Carignan. Also, they are one of the few holders of extremely old vine white Grenache, a varietal that many properties have ripped out. This old vine material means that yields are extremely low and concentration quite high.
practicing organic
NIT DE NIN 09 PLANETES DE NIN
NIT DE NIN 2009 PLANETES DE NIN
Item: #381950
Bottle Size:750ml
$49.98
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Ester Nin has released her new wine: Planetes. A coupage of Garnacha (70%) and Cariñena originating from the estate of the same name, which has vineyards that are still fairly young (Read More...
12 years old at present). Moreover, Planetes de Nin is Porrera's first 'Vi de Vila' (literally, 'Town Wine'); in the style of the French Crus, the DOQ Priorat introduced new legislation (2009) that recognises and protects the region's different climatic areas, with the aim of highlighting their own individual characteristics, including vinicultural, soil and climate. In the case of Porrera, the area is particularly cool with no over-ripening; a Planetes only has to be opened for this to be confirmed and to enjoy its sincerity; this is a genuine terroir wine, a truthful expression of the Priorat's historic grape varieties: the Garnacha and the Cariñena.

Despite the youthfulness of the vines, the exceptional characteristics of the area and the terrain, and also the care that both Ester and Carles devote to their cultivation and to every wine-making process (certified organic agriculture and biodynamic farming methods), allow us to enjoy - yet again with this 'new arrival' - the finesse, elegance and great complexity which we have grown used to from this winery. More easily affordable, but on the same lines as the truly excellent Nit de Nin. If you can get hold of a few bottles, then don't think twice.
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 13 CAMINS DEL PRIORAT
ALVARO PALACIOS 2013 CAMINS DEL PRIORAT
Item: #380775
Bottle Size:750ML
$17.98
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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)
SERRAS DEL PRIORAT 2011
SERRAS DEL PRIORAT 2011 CLOS FIGUERES
Item: #382003
Bottle Size:750ml
$24.98
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In 1997, with his wife Charlotte, Christopher Cannan purchased Clos Figueras, an 18 hectares estate, just to the north of the village of Gratallops in the heart of the Priorat DOQ.
60% Grenache, 20% Carignan, 20% Read More...
Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah
A wonderful purple shade, notable tears and boldly fragrant aromas of liquor, cocoa, coffee and charcoal embers. It comes as a surprise to encounter definite aromatic notes typical of white winemaking, a distinctive trait that endows Serras with fine balsamic acidity on the nose. This is a rounded, voluminous wine, juicy and intense, with just a whiff of carbonated liveliness; but if you want to enjoy it at its optimum, then wait a while and leave it to settle down. Displaying plenty of energy at present, it augurs extremely well for the future.
VALL LLACH 11 EMBRUIX
VALL LLACH 2011 EMBRUIX
Item: #381944
Bottle Size:750ml
$21.98
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Priorat makes massive wines; there is no arguing that. But the allure of the region is its stark beauty and its ability to craft wildly ripe wines that nonetheless retain dryness and Read More...
even balance. This wine is no exception: black plums and raisins give way to some red cherries and bright raspberries, with spice throughout--a typical Priorat rollercoaster ride. Drink soon or in the next few years. -
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