Morrell & Co. Wine Catalog

FALL 2015

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SPAIN Fans of Priorat know the name Clos Erasmus. It was one of the few Spanish reds to achieve a perfect 100-point Parker score. What followed was the usual mad dash of collectors, even those who had never tasted a Priorat before, buying up the vintage and pushing the prices into the stratosphere. a passion For prior aT d aphne Glorian, of Clos I Terrasses, didn't come to the region with dreams of vinous fame and glory; instead it was about passion for the land, the people and the vines. Priorat is defined by its extreme hot summers and warm, drying Mistral winds. The soil is of volcanic origins (a mix of black slate and quartz) which retains heat and forces vines to dig deep in search of nutrients. Pour a glass of water on Priorat soil, and watch the earth soak it up in mere seconds. It's here that Daphne chose to make her wines, employing Biodynamic principals to her old- vine Garnacha, Cabernet and Syrah. ✦ Clos erasmus Priorat 2012 wA 98 » $205 "...Clos Erasmus comes with renewed energy... power, elegance and a special mineral savoriness. A new life for Erasmus, very much recognizable as Priorat, Gratallops and Erasmus, but with a more elegant haircut." (1636005) Rivaling the Region's Best Lucky for us that Clos I Terrasses also produces a second wine which rivals the competitions best offerings, and that is Laurel. Laurel is Daphne's expression of Priorat produced from the younger vines throughout her vineyards. It's a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, which is aged for 16-18 months in two year-old French oak. To call Laurel a second wine does not do it justice. Just as the Clos Erasmus is the chase wine of the portfolio, it's the Laurel that sells out first in every vintage. bottle Clos i Terrasses laurel 2013 (1636012) $57

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