2012 Clos Figueras "Serras del Priorat" Priorat

SKU #1174746 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright violet color. High-pitched red fruit and floral scents are complemented by bright mineral and white pepper qualities. Sweet and silky in texture, offering lively raspberry and rose pastille flavors and a hint of allspice. Closes smooth and long, with subtle tannins and a strong jolt of candied flowers.  (9/2013)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Serras del Priorat is a great entry-level red produced with a blend of Mediterranean and French grapes aged for a short time in barrel, which feels a bit wild like a very young Northern Rhone with aromas of flowers, smoked meat and licorice, pungent flavors and sharp acidity, with round tannins and very good length. A very good young wine at an attractive price. Drink now-2017. (LG)  (2/2014)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 **Best Buy** Early on, this smells young and a lot like latex mixed with candied plum and red-berry fruits; give it time and it settles on jammy red-fruit aromas as well as a wide-bodied palate. Plum, cherry and raspberry flavors all vie for attention, while the finish is fresh, fruity and lively. Drink through 2017.  (9/2014)

K&L Notes

A blend of Garnacha, Cariñena, Cabernet and Syrah, this is delicious Priorat, and provides further proof to the increasing body of evidence that 2012 is a very good year in this region. Ripe yet crunchy red fruit flavors show terrific intensity tempered by lovely minerality. Alain Graillot (of Crozes-Hermitage fame) is now at the helm of the winemaking team here, and it seems to show in this wine's balance and purity. A French winemaker from the NORTHERN Rhone valley, just 8 months of elevage, 500 liter barrels...welcome to the new Priorat. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish & Portuguese wine buyer)

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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.


Alcohol Content (%): 14.5