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2017 Clos Erasmus "Laurel" Priorat

SKU #1493047 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2017 Laurel is a blend of the younger vines, some barrels that were declassified from Clos Erasmus and the remaining Cabernet Sauvignon, and in the low-yielding and dry 2017 vintage, it's 70% Garnacha, 20% Syrah and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, with 15% alcohol. The wine fermented mostly in concrete and oak vats with indigenous yeasts and matured in a combination of oak vats, concrete, used barriques and amphorae for 16 months. They produce this to be approachable from the moment it's released. The 2017s feel very aromatic, open, expressive and young, quite primary, tender and juicy and surprisingly fresh for a dry, warm year that resulted in a very early harvest. There is a peachy, soft, approachable quality here that I like very much. Surprisingly enough, winemaker and proprietor Daphne Glorian sees reminiscences of the 2013s in the 2017s, and I have to agree. Different from 2016, but at the same quality level. 19,126 bottles were filled in May 2019. (LG) Inner quote mark (8/2019)

K&L Notes

This cuvée from the iconic Clos Erasmus (one of the founding Priorat group of "Clos") is always a great value and bellwether for the vintage. On the nose, juicy mixed berry and red cherry fruits lead to a fresh and structured palate, with generous and bright fruit flavors. A blend of primarily Garnacha with some Syrah, Laurel is a wine made in a combination of used Burgundy-shaped barrels as well as some components in amphora. Less showy than the producer's "Clos," but a fantastic expression of the Priorat and, to some palates, the tastier and more interesting of the two wines, particularly when young. One of the great Priorats for under $50.

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By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/29/2020 | Send Email
This is the best wine that I have tasted all summer. It is amazing. It is as pleasurable as a Popsicle on a hot day, a blackberry wild herb and rocks Popsicle! I didn't know I wanted something like that until I tasted this wine. It is simple, yet in a way, complicated, and soulful. I have been listening to the guitar compositions of Albeniz and this harmonizes with them tremendously. This is very textural; it slides across the palate. It is only after how easygoing it is that you start to feel the tannins. The fruit is dark and fresh and wild. Cool yet sun-ripened; fresh berries on a warm evening in the mountains. You cannot forget the subtle herbs, spice, and stony earthiness. Better yet, the wine gets better the longer it is opened. With distance learning in full effect I was able to ration a glass a night this week, and day 5 was better than day one! It is pleasurable and profound. It is definitely the best wine that I have tasted all summer.

By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/26/2020 | Send Email
When it comes to the "Laurel," bottling, if you know, you know; and if you don't know you owe it to yourself to find out. Inching its way into benchmark status, this has always been awesome, and in the last couple years has become world beating. A bit of a chameleon, the juice has a hearty quality to it but isn't massive, with a lean finesse that brings the entirety of a myriad palate to bear without overwhelming. Fresh picked blackberrys, fennel, sage, slate and clay all coiled up to explode out of the glass. Fire.

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