Clos I Terrasses 2014 Laurel Priorat Tinto
80% Garnacha, 10% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon | Alc: 15% Smooth and Supple
Priorat, Catalonia, Spain
Laurel Priorat, it’s hard to think of more fashionable and sought after fine wines than Priorat currently – and alongside Rene Berbier (Clos Mogador) and Alvaro Palacios (Ermita), Daphne Glorian (proprietor of I Terrasses) is at the cutting edge of Spain’s wine revolution. The king grape here is Garnacha (Grenache) which is one of the few varieties that continues to be productive at 70+ years old, enabling old vine wines of unrivalled complexity and wisdom.
I Terrasses’ second wine – Laurel, from the estate’s younger vines, offers sensational value and drinks like a Latin-tinged Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
“I was really blown away by the aromatics of the 2014 Laurel. As soon as I put my nose in the glass I was transported to the vineyards of Gratallops, with a blast of wild herbs and flowers followed by a stream of smoked meat, juicy red currants and raspberries. It is mostly Garnacha but with some 10% each Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes are cooled down during the night and in the morning some are destemmed, and some others are left with the stems on and fermented mostly with indigenous yeasts. The élevage here is one year in a combination of used oak barrels, oak vats, cement and amphorae. They have increased the volume of wine being raised in amphorae in this 2014. This might very well be the finest Laurel to date. Simply stunning! 24,000 bottles were produced in 2014” 95 Pts -The Wine Advocate