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Viticultors Mas d'en Gil

Bellmunt 2011

Price: $31.00 (average US retail)
Size: 750ml
Winery: Viticultors Mas d'en Gil
Vintage Year: 2011
Highest Rating: 91pts ( International Wine Cellar)
Country: Spain
Region: Cataluña
Appellation: D.O.C. Priorat


Mas d'en Gil's most direct expression of Priorat, from vines averaging 14 years old. Primarily Garnacha together with Cariñena and Cabernet Sauvignon, aged 10 months in used French oak. Remarkably clean and fresh for its weight with evolving spice notes, lingering fruit and minerality on the balanced finish.

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Bellmunt (2011) - "The village red 2011 Bellmunt has benefited from time in bottle, something most of the Priorat reds for this level don't have (you have to give it to them). It's an assemblage of Garnacha ( 60%) Cariñena ( 20%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (20%) that fermented in stainless steel and matured in different-sized, well-seasoned oak barrels and vats. I haven't found many 2011s with red fruit aromas, and even less when they have such percentage of Garnacha that had a tendency to show riper aromas in that warm vintage, so this is exceptional. The medium-bodied palate shows the polishing of the bottle aging, fine tannins and good acidity. It was bottled in March 2013. This represents very good value in Priorat. Mas d'en Gil wines keep getting better and better with the vintage. There is no rush to release the wines here, which means they are selling older vintages than the majority of other wineries. They are working toward the certification as single-vineyard wines for their top red and white Clos Fontá and Coma Blanca, respectively. In May 2015 they are releasing the first ever white village wine from Priorat, form Bellmut where the property is located. When it comes to viticulture and winery work, they started in 2008 harvesting earlier in order to obtain fresher wines as well as using larger oak vats for the aging of reds and 500-liter barrels instead of 225-liter barrels for the whites. The determination of winemaker and proprietor Marta Rovira is certainly bringing the wines of Mas d'en Gil to the leading group of Priorat producers."

91 Points
Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate, Jun 1, 2015

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Bellmunt (2011) - "Opaque ruby. Aromas of cherry, blackberry and peppery spices, plus a smoky topnote and a hint of minerality. Lively and subtly sweet, with bitter cherry and dark fruit flavors picking up a suave floral nuance with air. A suggestion of succulent herbs comes up with air and carries through the long, youthfully tannic finish. This wine likes a little air."

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2014

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Bellmunt (2010) - "(60% Garnacha, 20% Cariñena and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon): Youthful violet color. Powerful, smoke-accented aromas of dark berries, cola and pungent flowers. Fleshy blackberry and cassis flavors are underscored by juicy acidity, which adds lift and cut. The smoky note returns on the finish, which features silky tannins and a seductive note of floral pastilles."

91 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2013

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Bellmunt (2010) - "The 2010 Bellmunt is a -village wine-, which blends Garnacha, Carinena and Cabernet Sauvignon from a fresh, elegant vintage showing very good freshness and acidity, pure aromas with hints of complexity mixing red and black fruit notes with spicy touches and soil overtones. The nose is followed by an intense, medium-bodied palate, clean and delineated, with a mineral, earth-driven aftertaste. Drink now-2020."

90 Points
Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate, Feb 1, 2014

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Overview: Mas d'en Gil is located in Bellmunt del Priorat at the southern extreme of the D.O.Q. and is the Priorat estate closest to and most influenced by the sea. Evening breezes maintain freshness in the concentrated fruit and mark the estate style as particularly finesseful and expressive. Varieties grown are Garnacha Tinta, Garnacha Peluda, Cariñena, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Garnacha Blanca and Viognier. Vines on the estate have been planted at various times between 1931 and 1998.

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History: Mas d'en Gil is the historic name of a preeminent 312-acre estate in Priorat with a winemaking history of over 300 years. For most of the twentieth century it was known as Masía Barril, purchased in the 1930s by Rafael Barril, and was among the three principal progenitors of modern Priorat along with Scala Dei and de Müller. Under these auspices, Classical Wines had introduced the estate's wines to the US market in the 1980s. Thus we celebrate a 'homecoming' of sorts.

The Rovira family of Vilafranca del Penedés, with long experience in the Spanish wine trade, acquired Masía Barril in 1998 from Rafael Barril's widow Magdalena and proceeded to conserve and upgrade the vineyards and facilities, reapplying the original name. The estate is farmed organically and includes multiple crops and forest, with vineyards constituting just 30% of the surface area. 43 separately-produced vineyard plots are located in the varied exposures and soil types of five valleys: La Coma, El Sas, Clot de l'Oliver, Lo Griñó and Esmoler. Soils include chalk, clay and gravel in addition to the famous 'llicorella' slate.

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