2009 Dosterras, Montsant (750ml)

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# ESDOGR09AE
Country: Spain
Region: Catalonia
Sub-Region: Montsant
Grape Varietal: Grenache
Review Score: 95RAS, 93WA
Alcohol By Volume: 15.3%

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This beautiful 2009 Dosterras is very close to Priorat. Josep Grau's single-vineyard beauty comes from Montsant, which encompasses Spain's most fashionable D.O. His first rocky three acres are lined with the ancient gnarled vines. How old? Figure 100 years old, and they yield the same intense, earthy fruit as Priorat's, long on stony minerality and exotic spice. What's different is this vineyard has none of Priorat's slatey llicorella, only chalk and clay, perfect for garnacha. What's new is Grau, a brilliant young winemaker of New Spain who got his start in the Grenache-savvy Rhone and returned home to hunt the most suitable terroir. When he found the one site with two soils, clay and chalk, he named it "Dosterras." The Grenache he makes there is a profound expression of the two, a wine of poise and perfect balance, fat and fleshy from the clay but with class and spine all the way through, plus notes of blood orange and terrific length, as graceful as a great Burgundian. Grand cru? Maybe Musigny? Tempted to call Dosterras the La Tache of Monsant, but Spanish fans would rightly insist it stands on its own. It definitely does. Simply the one of the best wines I've had out of Priorat and its neighbors. Don't miss it.

95 points, Bob Sprentall, B-21 Prop. (Aug 2013)

I absolutely adored the 2009 Dosterras, which comes from a one-hectare parcel of 85- to 105-year-old Garnacha that is fermented in open tanks with pigeage, malolactic fermentation in barrel and 14 months aging in French oak of which 30% is new. It offers a refined, natural bouquet that unfurls in the glass, revealing notes of raspberry leaf, wild strawberry, lavender and dried rose petals that are beautifully defined. The palate is succulent and rounded on the entry, with copious bright red berry fruits that belie the firm backbone underneath. There is an unerring symmetry to this Montsant red, with a killer note of blood orange and spice on the finish. This outstanding, elegant wine should age nicely over a decade but will be difficult to resist in its flush of youth. Drink 2013-2023.

93 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue # 200 - Apr 2012)