Clos Mogador Priorat 2009

from
Priorat
,
Spain

Winemaker's Notes

The 2001 vintage of this wine was ranked #4 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2003

The Syrah is aged in vat to maintain the lively fresh fruit flavors. No stainless steel is used here, only fibreglass and wooden vats. Unfined and unfiltered, the wine is bottled in the spring or autumn of the second year after the harvest.

About the Region

Until the mid-1980s, this mountainous region southwest of Barcelona, near the ancient Roman capital of Tarragona, was known mostly for the production of undistinguished, high-alcohol bulk wines (including altar wines for the Catholic Church) and a type of fortified wine called vi ranci. Winemakers René Barbier and, slightly later, Álvaro Palacios recognized the potential of the region, however, and began tending the ancient garnacha (grenache), cariñena (carignan), and other vines here and planting new vineyards. Syrah, cabernet sauvignon, and merlot are now increasingly grown here (as are garnacha blanca, macabeo, pedro Ximénez, and chenin blanc for white wines), and the region has become one of the most prestigious in Spain, above all for its inky, hearty, mineraly reds. The whites, while less successful overall, can have some of the spicy, flowery character of white Rhône wines.