2008 Espectacle Espectacle del Montsant
Grenache - 750ML

  • WA 98
  • IWC 93

Reg: $139.99

$114.99

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Reg: $139.99

$114.99

This product is
out of stock

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2011
The 2008 Espectacle del Montsant continues a string of great successes dating from the first vintage in 2004. The sheer level of density and richness is stunning although the fruit is very primary at this stage of its... The 2008 Espectacle del Montsant continues a string of great successes dating from the first vintage in 2004. The sheer level of density and richness is stunning although the fruit is very primary at this stage of its development. Aromas and flavors of exotic spices incense licorice truffle black cherry and blackberry lead to a full-bodied wine that deftly combines elegance and power. Sweetly fruited savory and precisely balanced this voluminous effort will profit from 4-5 years of cellaring and be at its best from 2015 to 2028.
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, October 2011
(100% garnacha from vines reportedly over a century old): Inky ruby. An explosively perfumed bouquet evokes black raspberry cherry-cola sandalwood and Asian spices plus a smoky overtone. Intense mineral-accented red... (100% garnacha from vines reportedly over a century old): Inky ruby. An explosively perfumed bouquet evokes black raspberry cherry-cola sandalwood and Asian spices plus a smoky overtone. Intense mineral-accented red and dark berry flavors stain the palate showing sexy floral pastille and spicecake elements. Sweet and deep in flavor but impressively lithe finishing with strong thrust and noteworthy clarity. -JR
Color & Type Red
Varietal Grenache
Country Spain
Region Monsant
Vintage 2008

Label

This outstanding wine comes from a single, very steep vineyard planted solely with Grenache. The vines, all more than 100-years old are in clay and limestone soil. The vines have been carefully tended by Rene Barbier’s Clos Mogador team and the wine vinified by Rene himself.

Grapes are picked by hand and chilled for 24 hours at 4°C in the winery. Initial sorting is by hand. After de-stemming, a second, automatic selection takes place on a vibrating sorting table. The grapes undergo a 30-day fermentation in a single, large French oak vat and then mature 14 to 16 months further in the same vessel.

The wine is stunning, with glorious ripe Grenache fruit and wonderful soft spicy flavors, along with the enormous depth and richness provided by old vines.

Winery

Espectacle

Espectacle del Montsant is a project jointly owned by Rene and Isabelle Barbier (owners of Clos Mogador in Priorat), Fernando and Marta Zamora (oenologists and teachers at University of Tarragona), and Charlotte and Christopher Cannan (owners of Clos Figueras in Priorat).

The single, 2-hectare vineyard is located in the commune of La Figuera slightly northwest of Gratallops, just outside the Priorat DOQ. It looks onto the famous Montsant Mountain, hence the name, as well as the Ebro valley and even the distant Pyrenees 200 km away.