2006 Cellers Ripoll Sans "Closa Batllet" Gratallops Priorat

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After years of selling fruit from their 90+ year old organic and biodynamically farmed hillside estate vineyards located in Gratalops (Priorat) to the local coop, Marc Ripoll established began producing an estate wine "Closa Batllet" under the family name (Cellers Ripoll Sans) in 2000 and initiated the process of restoring the family's historic winery. "Closa Batllet" is built on a foundation the old-vine Cariñena that grows on the family's steep hillsides with slate soils, along Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah, all selected from their best vineyards, with the majority coming from 90-100 years vines. The 2006 was aged for fifteen months in 86% French and 14% American oak barriques, followed by six months ageing in bottle. It offers a wildly floral and spicy nose full of crushed rocks, lavendar, and black cherry, with earthy and wood spice undertones. The palate is pure and refined, revealing an intensely layered core of fruit as it opens. It is full in the mouth with excellent flavor concentration, finely structured and polished tannins, and a long, mineral-driven finish. 60% Cariñena, 20% Garnacha, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 5% Syrah. Aging: Aged for 15 months in French Allier and Nevers (86%) and American oak barriques (14%); 6 months in bottle he steep, slatey soils of these old vineyards produce expressive fruit of superb

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Staff Image By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/31/2012 | Send Email
Priorat is a very intriguing region. Perfect in every way for wine making! Cellers Ripoll Sans Closa Batllet Gratallops was established in 2000 when Marc Ripoll, a young man in his early twenties, came back to restore his family's winery. Now for the wine it self. One, it is always nice to have some bottle age since I can never wait more than twenty minutes before I open the wine. Great floral and spice on the nose. Dark berry and cassis on the palate. Firm but smooth tannins. Long lasting finish. This wine will not disappoint. One of my favorite blends of the year!

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- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.