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Clos Mogador Manyetes Priorat

Clos Mogador Manyetes Priorat 2011
ITEM# 19377
On Sale $63.99
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Manyetes is the name of a place in the village of Grattalops. With this Manyetes, Barbier has imposed a passionate challenge on this poor and too sunny soil, at the limit of the survival of the vines ... Only the influence of the Ebre river on the horizon, gives an occasional thin patch of moisture that allows the vines to survive. The result is a large concentration of the principal essence of Priorat. And in this corner close to suffocation, rises Rene Barbier, who resists an old barren and steep hillside, covered with slate and planted with Carignan. He wanted to bring some femininity with 25% of Grenache. The result is a surprising wine: the Carignan and Grenache combine to give the soil a mineral wine, feminine, pleasant and subtle ... A wine that Fernando Zamora Marin, professor of the Faculty of Enology in Tarragona and winemaker at Clos Mogador, describes as: “Manyetes is deep red, crowned with purple highlights. Its aroma is intense, complex and sophisticated. Initially, it evokes clear notes of blackcurrant, plum, fig and cocoa, all surrounded by memories of cinnamon and liquorice. When it breathes (in carafe!) we clearly distinguish the violet and deep balsamic and mineral aromas. In contrast, it is concentrated, creamy, rich and full of fruit. Then it invades the whole palate and fills it with intense sensations. The rich and ripe tannins line the palate with velvet. Its lingering aroma is remarkable. An extraordinary wine that will improve further over the next 10 years!” This Manyetes is primarily a wine to be enjoyed with game (wild boar fillet, saddle of venison, partridge with cabbage, guinea fowl stew), but it also goes wonderfully with Catalan cuisine in its great diversity (rabbit with saffron rice, roast pork with orange, sauteed veal with olives and anchovy sauce, braised beef cheeks in Priorat, lentils with pork ribs.)
Tasting notes
Now a wine of Clos Mogador (it used to be separate project years ago, but it's now fully integrated) and named after the zone of Gratallops where the ancient vines struggle to survive on pure slate soils, the 2011 Manyetes Vi de Vila Gratallops is a great example of how 2011 was a vintage for Cariñena in Priorat. While most of the Garnacha got overripe and showed cooked flavors, the Cariñenas took the heat with style and shows great balance and a restrained personality within the rustic character of the grape. This is the first vintage when Manyetes is 100% Cariñena, as they discarded the Garnacha that used to be part of the blend. It will remain like this and be Cariñena from now on as they have even re-grafted the Garnacha vines to Cariñena. The powerful and full-bodied palate shows great balance, earthy tannins and very good freshness all in great harmony. This is my favorite vintage of Manyetes so far. Well done! René Barbier Jr. thinks this is the best wine he produced in 2011, and I tend to agree. Superb value for the quality it delivers.

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