Clos Mogador Priorat 2011
The 2011 Clos Mogador is made of 40% Garnacha (from 80 year old vines), 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% syrah and 20% Carignan. Aging takes place in 500 litre new French oak casks for one year. Racking is done 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. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
The Wine Advocate raves about Clos Mogador: 'To understand low yields, it should be enough to say that from their 40 hectares of vineyards they only produce 45,000 bottles of wine per year. The wines are not cheap, but for the quality they offer they represent good value and are all highly recommended.'
Wine AdvocateThe 2011 Clos Mogador feels ripe, serious and young. Rene Barbier likes to pick ripe grapes but without any raisins making it into the vats. The wine is a blend of the different grapes in his Clos Mogador vineyard (it's just one of a handful of wines officially awarded the single-vineyard label by the Catalan wine institutions): Garnacha, Carinena, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. But the wine speaks more of the place than the grapes, with notes of slate, thyme, rosemary, sage, lavender, black cherries and a supple palate, full-bodied, with pungent flavors, round, velvety tannins and a long aftertaste. This is a superb effort for such a warm vintage, the warmest and driest in Priorat since 2003, and great value for the quality. 30,000 bottles are produced of this prodigious, powerful but balanced Priorat. Drink 2015-2025.
Wine EnthusiastPlum, blackberry and toasty aromas are pure, heady and classy. Immediately this wine shows itself to be powerful: The tannins are grating and the overall outlook is far from shy. Toasty, dark flavors of black fruits, spice and licorice end spicy and blackened, with hard-ripping tannins.
Wine SpectatorPlush and supple on the palate, this ripe red offers plum, black cherry, kirsch, toast and licorice flavors, with well-integrated tannins and gentle acidity. Pretty but concentrated. Drink now through 2020. 2,000 cases made.