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2018 Clos I Terrasses 'clos Erasmus' PrioratBlend from Spain

$199.99

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  • 99 Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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About

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A blend of 85% Garnacha and 15% Syrah, 2018 Clos Erasmus comes from a year with good yields and enough rain for good ripeness of the grapes. The vines are now 36 years old on average, and the grapes fermented after a cold soak in 1,000-, 1,500- and 2,000-liter oak vats with indigenous yeasts and a five-week maceration. It matured in new and second use Burgundian 228-liter oak barrels, with around 40% new oak. This is a very elegant and perfumed vintage for Clos Erasmus, a wine that reveals a bright ruby color and a exotic nose that mixes flowers with tons of sweet spices. It is still very young and influenced by the élevage in oak, with something herbal and fresh, reminiscent of pine needles. The palate is textured and velvety, lace and dust, with fine-grained tannins that bring back the memories of the slate rocks; it is pure and detailed and has terrible balance, focus, inner strength, filigree and subdued minerality. I'd wait a little bit for the oak to get integrated before pulling the cork. It has the ingredients, stuffing and balance to develop nicely in bottle for a long time. 3,319 bottles and 100 magnums produced. It was bottled in May 2020.

Product Detail

Item # 121631
Country Spain
Region Catalonia
Sub-Region Priorat
Ratings

99 - Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Vintage 2018
Color Red
ABV 14.5%
Varietal(s) Grenache / Garnacha, Syrah / Shiraz
Size 750mL
Closure Cork
Features
Taste black currant, blackberry, dust, leather, currant, blueberry and strawberry
Nose vanilla, toast, smoke, tobacco, dark fruit, red fruit, spice box and cedar