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Spoit Offer #119: Clos Mogador 2013 Priorat

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2013 Clos Mogador

PRIVATE IMPORT – PLACE ORDER

Why We Love It:

It’s hard to come up with superlatives to describe Clos Mogador which haven’t already been used. There is something so seemingly mythical and lyrical – even poetic – about this iconic Spanish winery; a project driven by an abundant and authentic love of wine, family and history. An hour or so south of Barcelona we come upon one of the most scenic and magical wine regions I’ve ever had the privilege to visit. And it really does require an appreciation of this landscape to fully comprehend just how utterly insane the notion of growing wine here actually is. Perched on nearly impossibly steep mountainside cliffs, the winegrowers of Priorat coax minuscule amounts of intensely fragrant, complex, deep and concentrated nectar from vines whose roots must bury themselves deep into stone just to find the water and nutrients they need to survive. And is if just being on of a small handful of diligent farmers working this impossible terrain isn’t enough, Rene Barbier reaches even further, employing intensely artisan winemaking and micro-vinification methods in his cellars. The outcome is singular wine sought after by the most discerning restaurants and wine collectors around the world. Today, we’re pleased to announce the release of a scant 15 6-packs of this spectacular nectar.

Food Pairings:

Braised Veal Shanks topped w/ Bacon-Parmesan Breadcrumbs – RECIPE

Grilled Ribeye w/ Caramelized Scallion Butter – RECIPE

Rosemary Braised Lamb Shoulder Chops – RECIPE

Price:

BOTTLE: $132

CASE: $792 per 6 bottle case

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Technical Specs:

ALCOHOL: 15.5%

BOTTLE: 750mL

Case Pack: 6 x 750mL

GRAPES: 45% Grenache, 25% Carignan, 16% Syrah & 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

CLOSURE: Natural Cork

CELLAR POTENTIAL: Drink now to 2040

SERVING TEMPERATURE: 16°C to 17°C

Tasting Notes:

“One of only two Vins de Finca Qualificada from Priorat, the 2013 Clos Mogador is a complex blend of Garnacha and Cariñena with a touch of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. It felt serious and a little backward, terribly balanced with shy notes of peat and graphite emerging with some time in the glass, subtle and complex, slowly revealing nuances of dark cherries, violets, black olives and later some red fruit. The palate is surprising: when I expected it to show its power, it just whispered and danced on my tongue with lively acidity that made it feel a lot lighter than it is. There is depth, elegance and incipient complexity. Here everything is in perfect harmony, with lots of everything, dry extract, acidity, alcohol and tannin, but somehow you don’t notice any of it. A remarkable vintage of Mogador. Given the quality, the price seems like a bargain, and availability shouldn’t be too bad either, as some 28,000 bottles were filled in June 2015. Put it aside in your cellar, because this is a 20-year bottle of Priorat.”

98 / 100 Points

Luis Gutierrez – eRobertParker.com

Spot Offer #118: 2012 Clos Mogador

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Pulling corks and pushing cases as a third generation wine importer in Ontario, Canada selling fine wines and spirits produced by families - not factories. Get the full story at winetrader.ca

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