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Forty miles southwest of the fashionably bustling city of Barcelona, the Priorat region has been hailed as a modern-day superstar of Spanish winemaking. This arid, remote and rugged province derives its name from ancient priories in which ascetic Spanish monks over the centuries secluded themselves from the world outside. The area is best known today for its production of truly awe-inspiring reds. Grenache and Carignan are the bedrock of Priorat wines.

Gran Clos epitomizes the winemaking revolution that has seized hold of the Priorat in the past 15 years and propelled it into the spotlight. Founded in 1995, this 75-acre property was purchased in 2002 by John Hunt, an international entrepreneur and owner of Oriel Wines. Winemaking is under the supervision of the talented young winemaker Josep Angel Mestre. The wines of Gran Clos grace the wine lists of many of Spain’s and the world’s most prestigious restaurants.

Production Area
Priorat, Spain

Grape Varieties
50% Grenache; 25% Carignan; 25% Merlot

Vinification
The grapes were fermented for 8-10 days at 81°F with a post-fermentation maceration of 8-10 days at a temperature of 68 - 72°F. The wine is then matured for 12 months in French oak barrels, fined with egg whites and aged in the bottle for one year.

Color
Violet and inky

Bouquet
Perfumed and fresh aromas of mature red fruits, a hint of mint, coffee, herbs and minerality.

Taste
A silky textured wine which has structure and elegance. Mature fruit flavors with notes of coffee, mint, spice and minerality on the palate. Full-bodied, seductive and well-balanced.

Alcohol
15%

 

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