2012 Clos Figueras "Serras del Priorat" Priorat
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.
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)
**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.
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)