Clos la Rae "Terra Sanctus" Priorat 2014
Garnatxa Blend｜Priorat, Spain
Ah, Priorat – that unique, magical place tucked high up in the stratosphere. Towering above the Balearic Sea about 150 km west of Barcelona, the Priorat region sits at over 1500 feet. Carthusian monks settled in these heights in the late 12th century, planting vines in the one-of-a-kind, mica-and-schist-rich llicorella soil. For nearly eight unbroken centuries wine has been made here, yet only coming to international recognition in the last thirty years or so.
Known for producing powerful, inky reds from a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, and "international " varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon, the wines tend to be full-throttle, deep blue-black and exhibit ripe flavors.
Clos la Rae pays homage to the region's Carthusian history with this "Terra Sanctus" (Sacred Earth) red. The blend is 60% Grenache (aka Garnatxa), 30% Syrah & 10% Carignan (aka Carinyena).
This red certainly delivers, with concentrated flavors of black plum, blackberry pie, sweet herbs, coffee, and cedar. It's still so fresh and bright, it's hard to believe it's going on seven years bottle age. Velvet, juicy fruit, rich oak – it's all here for an unbelievably low $19/bottle. It paired perfectly recently with Memphis-style ribs and roasted sweet carrots.
It's not uncommon to find wines of this character and pleasing fruit intensity for literally twice the price – we're loving this wine right now and over the next 2-3 years!