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Clos i Terrasses Clos Erasmus Priorat DOCa 2012  - First Bottle


98 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
After no 2011 was produced, the 2012 Clos Erasmus comes with renewed energy, a much fresher approach and a more transparent wine while keeping the slate typicity of Gratallops even in a tiny-yielding vintage. Part of the wine aged in 700-liter clay amphorae and the rest in Burgundy barrels that added a spicy patina to the nose, yet very much respected the wet slate character of the vintage. Contrary to previous vintages, the core of fruit is red rather than black; the 2013 that I tasted (not in bottle) followed pretty much this same direction. The palate shows power, elegance and a special mineral savoriness akin to licking stones. There is more Garnacha in the blend (there's only 15% Syrah) which gives a Mediterranean juiciness. A new life for Erasmus, very much recognizable as Priorat, Gratallops and Erasmus, but with a more elegant haircut. Only 2,000 bottles produced.
95 Vinous -
(80% garnacha and 20% syrah; aged for 20 months in French oak, 60% of it new, and in a single 700-liter amphora): Bright purple. Sexy, mineral-laced aromas of black raspberry, potpurri, Asian spices and woodsmoke. Palate-staining red and dark berry liqueur flavors are complemented by notes of lavender, spicecake and bitter chocolate, with a minerally quality adding lift, vivacity and focus. Closes extremely long, with superb clarity, sneaky tannins and a whiplash of candied flavors.
90 Wine Spectator -
Wild berry and kirsch flavors show a racy character in this expressive red. Baking spice, licorice and fresh herb flavors add interest, while firm tannins and balsamic acidity lend structure. Drink now through 2020. 100 cases imported.

Technical Details

  • BlendGrenache and Syrah
  • WinemakerDaphne Glorian
  • CountrySpain
  • RegionCatalonia
  • AppellationPriorat
  • Aging/Cooperage700L clay amphorae and the rest in Burgundy barrels
  • Alcohol15%

Clos i Terrasses Clos Erasmus Priorat DOCa 2012

Proprietary Blends  |  Spain
WA98, VN95, WS90

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This one might sneak up on ya; it's subtle and intense in all the right ways. Loads of red and blue fruits, minerality throughout, and strong tannins show longevity. Somehow, all of this exists and it's a complete pleasure to drink now.

About the Producer

Let's raise a glass to the daring and fearless spirit of Daphne Glorian! 25 years ago, she took a leap of faith and invested her life savings into a vineyard outside the village of Gratallops, driven by a group of passionate friends who were looking to make a new style of wine. And what a wine it turned out to be! The modern Priorat was born with five different labels, each of which went on to become world-renowned: Clos Mogador, Clos Dofi, Clos Martinet, Clos de l’Obac and Clos Erasmus. Today, Daphne's property is called Clos i Terrasses and is made up of three vineyards - Escalas, Aubagues and Socarrats. Each vineyard has its unique character, shaped by the terraces, exposure and soils. Despite the challenges, Daphne's relentless effort and drive has helped Clos i Terrasses continue to innovate and evolve. So here's to a bold vision, a spirit of adventure and the love of wine! Let's celebrate the 25 years of Clos i Terrasses and look forward to what the next 25 years will bring! Cheers!