Clos Mogador Priorato Tinto 2012
Item Number: 18322
Not Vintage Specific
Item Number: 18322
Wine Advocate 98
"The 2012 Clos Mogador is nothing short of spectacular. They started in 1999 with some Cariñena, and they gradually increased the Garnacha and reduced the Cabernet. 2012 is possibly the vintage of Mogador with less Cabernet, as it didn't behave well in such warm year. René Barbier senior tells me it reminds him of the freshness of the 2000 that he generously uncorked for me to compare; they only have a handful of bottles for the old vintages! The nose of this 2012 is still little reticent but not reduced like many vintages in the past, slowly showing a great Mediterranean-Atlantic balance with notes of herbs, wet slate and graphite. The super-elegant palate offers great acidity and freshness with incredibly layered and delineated flavors that have an electric, mineral sensation with tension and really fine tannins. There are no traces of oak and no edges... rugged silk? This is a Mogador for decades. If this is always a bargain for the quality it delivers, it is even more so in 2012!"
Wine Enthusiast 95
Top 100 # 69
"With its patented blend of ripe plum and berry aromas matched against notes of wood smoke, herbs and leather, this is ripped and focused in the mouth, with strong but manageable tannins. Flavors of buttery oak, schist, blackberry and cassis culminate with mocha, vanilla and an overall sense of greatness. Drink from 2017 through 2025. " ~ MS
-40% garnacha, 20% cabernet sauvignon, 20% syrah and 20% Carignan.
-Ageing takes place in 500 litre new French oak casks for one year
-Racking by gravity every three months
-The Syrah is aged in vat to maintain the lively fresh fruit flavors
-After blending the different grape varieties the wine spends the second winter in vat
-No stainless steel is used here, only fiberglass and wooden vats
-The doors of the cellar are kept open in winter to encourage the precipitation of tartrates
-Unfined and unfiltered
-The wine is bottled in the spring or autumn of the second year after the harvest
The estate of Clos Mogador is a must for any serious Spanish wine aficionado. Located in Gratallops, in the heart of the Priorat hills, René Barbier, one of the founders of the Priorat revolution, creates his intensely concentrated wine from a blend of 40% Garnacha (from 80 year old vines), 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah and 5% Pinot Noir, Mourvedre and Merlot. This distinctive blend balances the power and massive structure typical of Priorat with an elegance and finesse that belies its aging potential. While the Clos Mogador will continue to improve for 10 years or more, it is delicious now. Vintage after vintage, this wine has consistently received high scores from the wine trade.
Priorats are fantastic, and mogador one of finest
Posted by Matthew on 2/2/16 [Verified]
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