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Staff Pick

Priorat "Menut," Clos Martinet - 2015

Item # 23887 750mL
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Tasting Notes

An unbelievable wine, this red blend of Garnacha and Merlot shows ripe juicy blueberries blended with the telltale llicorella minerality for which Priorat is famous. Llicorella is the white soil found in the region that always finds its way into the wines.


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Staff Pick Notes

Spain is a great way to straddle the line between New World wine; a rich, warm weather fruit-driven style and the structured, minerally backbone of the Old World. "Menut," Clos Martinet gives your the best of both worlds. Aromatic red and black fruit, dark licorice and black rock (courtesy of Priorat's famed licorella soil) stand out on the nose, while the palate is satisfyingly rich, full- bodied, and loaded with spice. It is also a terrific wine for those looking to continue exploring Spain, beyond Rioja. Priorat is known for the quality an diversity of its stand-out wines. Get 2 and share them. This one is well worth price.

- EG

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