Laurel Clos i Terrasses 2012 (4/5)


Integrity3-go to-4
Balance3.5
Complexity4.5
Persistence4
Hedonism4

Notes: It's the "second wine" of Clos Erasmus, selected by the famous american importer Eric Solomon (that is also husband of the producer Daphne Glorian). Actually, the name "Laurel" is equivalent to "Daphne" in greek, after the ancient myth of the beautiful nymph Daphne turned into a laurel tree by her father (the rivergod Ladon) to escape the unwanted loving attentions of Apollo that was desperately in love with her.

The wine appears opaque ruby nearly black with very good long legs. On the nose it's clean offering, with medium intensity, vibrant notes of brambles, blackberries, floral violets, chocolate, sandalwood and cedarwood. A fantastic winemaking effort resulting in a very sexy wine that, unfortunately betrays quite a bit its terroir.
On the palate is dry, with med/med+ acidity, medium tannins, high alcohol, medium+ to full body and good flavour intensity, too hot and truculent on the mid-palate. Medium+ finish. 
Good quality, It is ready to drink but can improve with few years in bottle, Premium Price. Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Priorat, Spain.

Errata Corrige: On day 2, after long aeration, no signs of oxidations and actually the typical Priorat nose with its mineral hints and some sage/garrigue notes start to come out. Therefore, I'm bringing up the evaluation of the integrity from 3 to 4 (Terroir wins against winemaking and the wine converges to its original nature regardless of the winemaker style, so true in Priorat!); the complexity goes from 4 to 4.5 as well.  


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