2017 Clos Erasmus PrioratBlend from Spain
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"Clos Erasmus and Laurel are not vineyard designations, but they do begin to take shape in the vineyard. Due to the meticulous farming and observation that takes place througho...
- 98 Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
98 Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The just-bottled 2017 Clos Erasmus is a blend of Garnacha with 25% Syrah that fermented with indigenous yeasts in oak vats and matured in 228-liter oak barrels (40% new). It feels very aromatic, expressive and open, floral and elegant and surprisingly fresh for the conditions of the year. It's still young and undeveloped, with the puppy fat still to be rendered, and right now, it comes through as juicy and elegant, with very good freshness and super fine tannins. It's very aromatic and floral, really impressive for 2017. It seems like the year was much better in the Mediterranean part of Spain than in the rest of the country. 3,000 bottles produced."
"Clos Erasmus and Laurel are not vineyard designations, but they do begin to take shape in the vineyard. Due to the meticulous farming and observation that takes place throughout the year, by the time fruit starts to reach the cellar in autumn much of the blends have already been mapped out by Daphne. When the primary fermentations are winding down the nascent Erasmus is slated for twelve 228 litre French oak barrels and a few amphorae. In any given vintage about 7 of the barrels are new and 5 are second-fill. In some vintages there will a declassification of a barrel into Laurel. Clos Erasmus remains in barrel and amphorae for 18-20 months before bottling. In 2011, the very difficult decision was made to declassify all the Clos Erasmus into the Laurel making it the only skipped vintage in the nearly 25-year history of the estate." - Importer
98 - Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
|Varietal(s)||Grenache / Garnacha, Syrah / Shiraz|
|Features||Organic and Biodynamic|
|Taste||black currant, blackberry, dust, leather, currant, blueberry and strawberry|
|Nose||vanilla, toast, smoke, tobacco, dark fruit, red fruit, spice box and cedar|