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2003 Clos Erasmus Priorat Unfiltered (750ml)
Producer: Clos Erasmus
Appellation: Priorat - Catalunya - Spain (DO)
Type: red
Varietal: Grenache - Syrah - Cabernet Sauvignon
Maturity: Drink
Rating: n/a
Est. Price: US$100.00
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rated (1994 vintage, 750ml bottle) : June 28, 1996 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
99 points "Readers should see my profile of Eric Solomon and the extraordinary reviews of the 1992 and 1993 Clos Erasmus in issue #101, page 44. This wine, made from a blend of very old vine Grenache and younger vine Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon grown on terraced vineyards, is among the most exciting wines I have tasted. Unfortunately, only 300 cases are produced, all of which is exported to the United States. It is aged in 100% new French oak casks and bottled without fining or filtration. 1994 is considered to be one of Spain's all-time great vintages, so it is not surprising that this wine possesses more potential than the exceptional 1993 and 1992. Try to imagine a hypothetical blend of Petrus, l'Evangile, Rayas Chateauneuf du Pape, and Napa's 1993 Colgin Cabernet Sauvignon. The color is an opaque black/purple. The nose offers up spectacularly rich, pure aromas of blackberries, black-raspberries, minerals, and subtle vanillin from new oak barrels. Extremely rich and dense, with unbelievable levels of concentration and extract, this amazing wine is a strong candidate for a three-digit rating when it develops more maturity in 5-8 years. Since it is a newly created wine, there is no track record established for ageability, but a wine such as this should keep for 20-25 years. This is one of the most exciting young wines anyone could possibly taste. Awesome!" Best 1996-2021