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Beltramo's Wines & Spirits
1540 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Monday-Friday: 10:00am-7:30pm
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(650) 325-2806
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2009 Clos Figueras Serras del Priorat (750ml)

A superb vineyard site, with classic 'llicorella' soil, in the famous Gratallops zone of the Priorat appellation - close neighbours include Clos Mogador, Clos Martinet, L'Ermita and Clos Erasmus. The property was acquired in October 1997 by Charlotte and Christopher Cannan on the recommendation of René Barbier, owner of the renowned Clos Mogador estate and founder of the "new wave" Priorat movement during the late 1980's. An initial purchase of about 10 hectares of abandoned terraces was followed by a further acquisition in 2000 to complete the 18 hectares estate.

From the original vineyard a small plot of old Carignan vines was saved. The remainder was replanted with Grenache, Syrah, a very small quantity of Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvedre and Viognier. The second purchase included some 2 500 old vines Carignan and Grenache, some of which are more than 60 years old. Later some Touriga Nacional, Grenache Blanc and Chenin Blanc was added. The final blends, with the various grape varieties, are chosen by Christopher Cannan with the advice of Alain Graillot of Rhone Valley fame.

Serras del Priorat is a younger version of Font de la Figuera with plenty of forward, bright red fruit flavours, with balance and a classic mineral Priorat finish. This wine is ready to drink, but will continue to improve for at least 2 to 3 years. Overall ageing potential 8 to 10 years. Ideal with classic Mediterranean cuisine, white meats, vegetables and rice dishes. Europvin Importer

91 points Wine Advocate:
:The red wines begin with entry level 2009 Serras del Priorat, a blend of 65% Garnacha, 20% Mazuela (Carignan), and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in barrel for 7 months. It is a fruity, fresh offering with a hint of minerality, spice box, violets, and blackberry. This nicely concentrated, fairly-priced offering will drink well for another 7-8 years. Jay Miller


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