Clos i Terrasses 2018 "Clos Erasmus" Priorat, Spain



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99 points                                                                      
Clos Erasmus is one of the top-scoring wines from Spain from Clos i Terrasses winery.  Limited.

99 points Robert Parker: "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 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...

...Clos i Terrasses keeps planting vineyards for the future, and they now own 18 hectares in the villages of Gratallops and El Lloar and currently produce 23,000 to 25,000 bottles. I tasted the 2018's, a year with plenty of rain (for Priorat) and the usual warm summer, which resulted in a year of high quality, a little in the style of 2013 but with higher yields."

Type: Other Reds

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