2003 Mas de l'Abundancia "Cuvee Helena del Rio" Montsant

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93 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "There were only 100 cases produced of the 2003 Cuvee Helena del Rio, a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Garnacha, and 20% Carinena aged for 14 months in new French oak before bottling without filtration. Dark ruby in color, it delivers an alluring nose of slate, scorched earth, wood smoke, black cherry, blueberry, and black currant preserves. Layered, ripe, and full-bodied on the palate, the wine has exceptional depth and length while revealing no ill effects of the unusually hot growing season. With enough flesh to be enjoyed now, it will also have a considerable drinking window of at least 10-12 years." (02/08)

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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/28/2009 | Send Email
It’s amazing that we still have this any of this incredible wine in our inventory, as there were only 100 cases/707 bottles produced! Although the label says the appellation is Montsant, this wine is actually harvested from a small estate historically located in Priorat, from the same unique, volcanic licorella soils. Grown on steep slopes, this wine is a balanced blend of 45% Cabernet, 35% Garnacha and 20% Samsó (Cariñena) aged in new French oak for 14 months without filtration. The wine embodies true Priorat weight, depth and character, and exudes aromas of dark berries, cassis and heated slate, well-seasoned by fine-grained, savory tannins. Uncork this complex wine and allow it to unravel with a charcoal-grilled steak and pomme frites while raising your glass to all glorious groundhogs past, present and future.

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