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 Vintage2001 Label 1 of 19 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2002 vintage.)
ProducerClos Erasmus
VarietyGrenache Blend

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2008 and 2020 (based on 11 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Clos Erasmus on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.8 pts. and median of 95 pts. in 22 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by robmatic on 5/4/2015 & rated 96 points: Harmonious and balanced wine. Spicy, licorice and smoke on the palate. Extracted and succulent, near maturity with sharp acidity and gentle tannins. Great aromatic intensity, with oak only a minor component. Profundity of flavor and depth, and awesomely enjoyable wine. (744 views)
 Tasted by RussK on 8/22/2014 & rated 90 points: RUSSK. Aviv's WW tasting. A disappointment. (1114 views)
 Tasted by petitblanc on 8/15/2013 & rated 78 points: Two bottles opened this evening, perfect provenance. Both looked youthful and beautiful, both were bretty and unpleasant. Surprisingly, this wine may be well past prime. (1944 views)
 Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 3/30/2013: Wow, so much better than the 2002. This is what Clos Erasmus should be. Rich fruit, powerful in body, long finish. Its heady but hey, I guess I shouldn't complain. Hot on the finish too. Distracts from the length. (2259 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 1/19/2012 & rated 95 points: Gorgeous wine. A decade old and still a youthful dark red in color with a slightly lighter rim. Fragrant on the nose with plums, cranberries and violets. The palate is dense with added notes of stones, smoke and iron. Complexity to burn, with a detailed mineraly finish. The tannis are fine and silky but still quite evident. My only complaint is the alcohol, which is ever so slightly noted. Drinking great now but given the fruit and fine tannins, this should easily go for another decade. So much better than a bottle I had last year, which was surely off. (3429 views)
 Tasted by robmatic on 12/23/2011: Nothing new to say... still great. (2982 views)
 Tasted by robmatic on 6/8/2011 & rated 96 points: Tons of character and extraction. Plenty of alcohol too, but reasonably well hidden behind fluid minerals and chewy super sweet fruit. Still young and vibrant with powerful acidity and tannins. Charming juice, in its prime, and lots of life ahead. (2934 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 6/4/2011: Iberian Dinner (w/ Clos Erasmus) @ Home (CT): Not sure if this was a representative bottle, as it seemed flat, dull and somewhat one dimensional. Hints of wet wool? This showed more fruit on day 2, but overall a disappointment. Not rated. (2895 views)
 Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 4/3/2011: Whew. Glorious wine. Lots of garrigue, herbs and mint. The first Clos Erasmus I have ever had that shows its hand in an open and expressive manner. I guess when they finally get around to aging out they are beautiful. As this one was. Glad to have more. I would say begin drinking now but there is no reason to tear through your entire batch -- there are many years ahead. (2081 views)
 Tasted by igaf on 12/21/2010: Dark, showing no signs of age. Very perfumed, almost viscous, complex nose with herbs, cherries and more. Full, silky, first a touch sweetish and obviously high in alcohol on the palate, but then coming into its own balance. Cherry and strawberry with cream and pepper, very long. Extremely long aftertaste, cream and strawberry again, almost too sweet, but with some slightly refreshing aspects. Despite the dominating "new world/fruit bomb" stereotypical characteristics in the description, the wine did have another dimension making it more interesting than just big. (2058 views)
 Tasted by robmatic on 12/4/2010: Impressive depth and balance. This bottle was right on the money, with succulent fruit and sweet tannins. Drinking beautifully, and should be good for a long time. (1946 views)
 Tasted by psmith on 9/25/2010: Ripe, red, Cabernet-like notes. Lots of spice. Medium bodied. Good balance. Seems very young. Nice wine. (2082 views)
 Tasted by psmith on 7/10/2010: Big wine. Ripe and full, with new world styling that pushes the edge without being overly spoofy. Sour cherry. Dark fruits. Young. Enjoyable. (2148 views)
 Tasted by andtheodor on 12/22/2009 & rated 95 points: WWJD? (Fort Collins): Dark and billowing bouquet of currant, menthol, camphor, perfume, flowers, licorice. Fairly tight but opening with some air, this was a truly fabulous bottle of wine. Stunning spiciness, earth, herbs, minerals. The nose and palate were absolutely layered with nuance and character. Something new to discover each time I went back for a sniff. Some guessed Cab, Syrah, Grenache. I guessed Priorat, suspected it might be an Erasmus. (2928 views)
 Tasted by vindictive on 9/3/2009: This bottle was produced with some fanfare as a critically-acclaimed wine. There were a few approving comments, but most did not say much after tasting it. Perhaps this bottle was not representative, but it looked to be in good condition. Deep color, non-descript cab-type nose. This wine had a weedy-vegetal nose and palate. I would never guess that this has Garnacha as it seems to be dominated Cab and not in a good way. This seems very unevolved and not at all promising, like an off-bottle of Sassacaia. If you own it, I recommend giving it as a gift to those who appreciate numbered ratings. (2563 views)
 Tasted by JJL on 4/8/2009 & rated 85 points: I had this bottle about 2 years ago and decided to try it again tonight. The results were the same. On the nose, dust, clove, Amaretto and menthol. On the palate there are bitter, drying tannins, alcohol and raisins. The wine was very linear and did not evolve at all over the course of 7 hours. (2629 views)
 Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 7/29/2008: Opened for David's 50th birthday party. And because I was bored, sitting around, waiting for something to happen. Open at 12:30. Shows that dramatic spice, clove and chinese powder which I have repeated seen from Laurel. Allot more backing red fruit and apple and pear. Jesus this is a curious complex thing. Very grippy. We shall see how this goes! 7 hours later it was still a massive powerful thing that had still not quite given everything it has. I will sit on this one for a couple more years and then try again. A serious wine. If you can find it at its opening price of $125 it is a hell of a bargin. (2783 views)
 Tasted by winefool on 4/26/2007 & rated 95 points: Wineflock - Clos Erasmus Vertical (Bob's): Group #2, My #2 - Full deep red color. Lovely bright briar red fruit nose. Mmmn, big rich complex chewy lush black and red fruits with bit of spice. Great balance. Actually continued to improve in the glass - a good sign! This would have been easy WOTF/WOTN in most tastings like this, but then there was the 04... (4381 views)
 Tasted by jkoenen on 1/6/2007 & rated 96 points: Bordeaux 1989 (and the rest...) @ Peter V. (Netherlands): Breathtaking wine... Very harmonious and endless aftertaste. Aristocratic and impressive. Hinting at perfection. 19/20 (1870 views)
 Tasted by Nanda on 12/20/2006 & rated 98 points: Priorat Vertical / Horizontal (Rios d' Sudamerica - Chicago, IL): An all-star wine with the best of all of tonight's Priorats. Big time singing nose that is both powerful and nuanced. Layered palate with concentrated dark fruits, black minerals, smoke and herbs. Totally suave --- sporting major fruit concentration with restraint. High toned, bright fruits that are complex with stoney minerals, herbs and smoke. Seamless and long. Close to perfect. (5119 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (2/19/2014)
(Clos i Terrasses, Clos Erasmus Priorat Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, Issue #11 (3/18/2012)
(Clos Erasmus Priorat) Login and sign up and see review text.   98 points
By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, Delving into the Languedoc Roussillon, Issue #7 (3/28/2011)
(Clos Erasmus Priorat) Login and sign up and see review text.   97 points
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, September/October 2004, IWC Issue #116
(Clos I Terrasses Priorat) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (7/23/2004)
(Daphne Glorian, Clos Erasmus Priorat Red) Subscribe to see review text.
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Grenache Blend

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Vinos de España - Wines of Spain (Instituto Español de Comercio Exterior) | Wikipedia

Spain is the third largest wine producing nation in the world, occupying the majority of the Iberian Peninsula with vast diversity in climate, culture, and of course, wine. From inky, dark reds of the [Priorat] to dry, white Finos from Andalusia, Spain can easily boast of elaborating a wide variety of notable styles. Within Spain there are currently 62 demarcated wine regions, of which a handful have gained international recognition: [Rioja], Priorat and [Ribera del Duero]. Yet these regions are only a small sample of the high quality wines Spain produces. Regions such as Cava, Penedes, Somontano, Galicia, Rueda and Jerez are only a few of the numerous regions worthy of exploration throughout Spain. Spain can also lay claim to having the most land under vine in the world, growing up to, by some accounts, 600 indigenous varietals of which Tempranillo is their most well known. Other popular varietals include [Garnacha], Bobal and Monastrell for reds and for whites; the infamous Palomino Fino grape which is used in the production of sherry wine, Pedro Ximenez in Montilla Morilles, Albarino used in the creation of the bright, effervescent wines of Galicia, and Verdejo in Rueda. - Source: - Catavino.net

Spain is not in the forefront of winemaking for its dessert wines, other than for its sweet wines from Sherry country including the highly revered Olorosos and Amontillados. But apart from Sherry Spain has a range of styles of dessert wines, ranging from the those made from the Pedro Ximenez grape primarily in Jerez and Montilla-Moriles) to luscious, red dessert wines made in the Mediterranean from the Garnacha (Grenache) grape. Some good Moscatels are made in Mallorca, Alicante and Navarre. The northwest corner of Spain, Galicia, with its bitter Atlantic climate, is even making dessert wines, called “Tostadillos” in the village of Ribadivia (similar to France’s “Vin de Paille”). The Canary Islands have made interesting dessert wines for centuries (they are mentioned by Shakespeare, for example) and in recent years the quality of winemaking has been improved and the Canary Islands wines are being better marketed now. The winemaking styles for “Vinos Dulces” are also diverse, from “Late Harvest” (Vendimia Tardía) to “Fortified Wines” (Fermentación Parcial). Based on in-spain.info.


About 100 kilometers from Barcelona, Priorat originated as a distinct recognized wine region in 1932, and was approved in 1954.

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