Almond blossom, Spring Fever in DOQ Priorat

69/365 – Catalonia – DOQ Priorat – Priorat – Clos Figueras – Clos Figueres 2004

Spring fever….,

…., spring is everywhere, love is in the air! Short one today. Have a wine tasting to get ready for tonight and kind of in a hurry! Won’t be any Catalan wines, as it is a tasting of 4 wines from other amazing wine making areas of the world. Tuscany, Douro, Central Coast and Mendoza will be represented!

The beautiful village of Porrera!

The beautiful village of Porrera!

Sorry, but you’ll have to be there to know which wines they are, and what they taste. Only Catalonia is covered on this blog. But, anyhow, I hope you enjoy the pictures of Priorat in bloom and my tasting notes of one of my absolute favorites from the area!

Almonds blossoming straight out of the Licorella!

Almonds blossoming straight out of the Licorella!

Does it get more beautiful? Only thing missing is a bottle of wine!

Does it get more beautiful? Only thing missing is a bottle of wine!

Not much longer now..., as these too are going to show their buds!

Not much longer now…, as these too are going to show their buds!

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Always make time for a coffee or two!

Always make time for a coffee or two!

The wine tasted is produced by Clos Figueras from Gratallops. The winery has been covered previously, so you can read more about them by following the Clos Figueras link!

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Clos Figueres 2004, (Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cariñena, Garnacha, Mourvedre and Monastrell)

Decanted this wine for 1.5 hours. Another hour or two would have been better. Very promising!

Cherry red, purple edges, thin tears. Intense nose of ripe black fruit, fine tannins and marked by spice (black pepper), and light balsamic sensations. Rubbers tires,cocoa, floral notes of vanilla and dense mineral finish. The mouth has a strong entry, quite expressive, pleasant acidity but tannins are too marked. Toffee and licorice, mineral aftertaste. Persistent. A wine that will develop well in the bottle, it has yet to be integrated in the bottle. Could easily have waited another 3-5 years!

311 to go!

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