Grape(s): 51% Grenache, 31%Carignan, 12% Syrah and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon
Localization: Catalonia (D.O.Q. Priorat), Spain
Tasting Notes: A blend of Garnacha, Samso (Carignan), Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah it is fermented in a tank and then aged in 500L used French oak barrels. This wine has always been considered the "entry level" offering for Clos Figueras, a brighter fresher interpretation of the region. This is an unadorned expression of Gratallops. This wine has everything you could want from Priorat; great aromatics mixed berries, wild Mediterranean herbs, spice, and that earthy mineral drive from the llicorella soils. The used oak speaks volumes for what it does to the wine and for what it does not impart. It is full, the tannins are supple, there is fresh acid and a very long finish. This is a perfect point of entry into this amazing wine region.
Notes: An excellent Priorat wine, briefly aged in wood to achieve an expressive and young wine. In this very tasty new vintage, Clos Figueras decided to add Cabernet Sauvignon to add to the wine's aromatic complexity.
Along with the Grenache, the Samsó (Carignan), and the Syrah, the Cabernet Sauvignon adds the final piece to complete this great wine. The harvest is carried out by hand and after being selected on the sorting table, the grapes ferment in 25 hl vats with two trading per day. After macerating for two weeks, the malolactic fermentation and aging take place in second use French oak barrels of 300 and 500-liter capacity. It ages for 7 months. Before being bottled it is lightly filtered. It is good to drink now but can also be drunk within the next 5 years. Serras del Priorat 2011, a wine which is excellent value for money, is a good way of getting to know Priorat.
Food pairing: Wild pig, Roasted red meats, Stew, Mature cheese, Roasts, Iberian ham
The Domain: Clos Figueras was purchased in 1997 by Charlotte and Christopher Cannan on the recommendation of Réne Barbier, the 18 hectares estate is located just to the north of the famed town of Gratallops. Actually, the vineyard includes around 2500 of old Grenache and Carignan vines, which are the base for the Clos Figueres, the rest of the vines were planted in 1998 and are the base for the elaboration of Font de la Figuera and Sierras del Priorat.