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Gran Clos

Vines, like people, often reach their peak in the face of adversity. This highly limited cuvée is hand made from 100-year-old vines that suffer daily to survive in dense slate soils on steep hillsides. Their fruit offers a unique mineral complexity that could come from no other place on earth and has done so since Carthusian monks first planted vines in Priorat in the 12th century (Priorat is the Catalan word for 'priory'). Serve Gran Clos with any grilled meat—especially beef and lamb—Serrano ham or aged cheeses such as Parmigiano, Manchego and Cheddar.

2003

Vineyards & Winemaking
Aged 14–18 months in French oak barrels.

Grapes
54% Garnacha, 33% Cariñena, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Picked September 9–October 15, 2003.

2002

Vineyards & Winemaking
Temperature-controlled malolactic fermentation. Aged 15 months in French oak barrels (100% new).

Grapes
52% Garnacha, 38% Cariñena, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Picked September 8–November 2, 2002.

Tasting Notes
Round, complex fruit flavors of blackberry and plum, with a long, fresh finish.

2001

Vineyards & Winemaking
16 months in oak barrels (95% French, 5% American).

Grapes
50% Garnacha, 40% Cariñena, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Picked September 1–October 1, 2001.

Tasting Notes
Deep red color. Intense aroma of ripe blackberries, blueberries and plums, with spicy balsamic notes. Well balanced and expressive, with concentration of elegant ripe tannins. Tastes of ripe blackberries, blueberries and black plums. Shades of licorice, wild herbs and minerals. Long, persistent finish with an aftertaste of pleasant fruit.

Reviews
Robert Parker: 93 points

2000

Vineyards & Winemaking
Aged 16 months in oak barrels (90% French, 10% American)

Grapes
55% Garnacha, 35% Cariñena, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Picked August 28–September 29, 2000.

Tasting Notes
Bright cherry color with red and purple highlights. Elegant aroma of ripe raspberries, blackberries and cherries, with chocolate, coffee, and balsamic overtones. Smooth, complex taste of ripe fruit, bitter chocolate, balsamic flavors and minerals. Good acidity and fine tannins. Persistent, fresh and a very aromatic finish.

Reviews
Robert Parker: 93 points, Wine Spectator: 92 points, Vinum: 18/20, La Revue du Vin: 4 Stars