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2016

Martinet Bru

Grenache, Syrah

Priorat, Spain

Alc. 14.5 %

Retail
$54.99
Club Price
$44.49

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New Vintage! This wine was previously featured in September 2014 packages but is back by popular demand!

Priorat is an exciting wine region in Catalonia, northeast Spain. Wines from this area have garnered much attention from collectors and experts. Routinely scored by critics, the 2010 Mas Martinet Bru received 90 points from both Wine Spectator and Robert Parker. Red wines from Priorat are based on Grenache, and can contain different quantities of Carinena, Syrah and other French varietals like Cab Sauv. Another defining character of Priorat wines is their yield. Yield directly influences quality; the less produced, the more intense or concentrated the resulting wine. Spain's arid climate is typically low-yielding, producing an average of 20-30 hl per hectare. A result of dry and hot summers, the warmest of Spain, Priorat's average yield is less than 5 hl per hectare! The poor soils also keep the yield low as they require the vines to search for limited nutrients stored in the 'llicorella'. Llicorellais translates to 'slate' which, in addition to quartz, the soils are mainly comprised of. Enjoy slightly chilled to 17 degrees Celsius and drink by 2023.

Look

Royal ruby core with medium opacity that transitions to purple edges.

Smell

We note a bright freshness, not as spicy as you might expect from the blend. Purple plums and flowers with sage, toffee and savoury-sweet blackforest ham. The subtle savoury and floral aromas appear after decanting 1-2 hours.

Taste

Plush and round with elegant, rich tannins and juicy acidity. The body is medium weight, but dances across the palate lightly. The fruits and florals of the nose follow through and retain their freshness with added blackberry licorice. The finish is supple with hints of vanilla bean, mocha and minerality. The wine is aged 18 months in French oak.

Pairing

A wine that will pair well with chocolate, and also hearty protein. Try grilled bison with an espresso rub and a blueberry, bourbon sauce.

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