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Josep Grau Viticultor (formerly Celler Dosterras)

Dosterras 2007

Price: $55.00 (average US retail)
Size: 750ml
Winery: Josep Grau Viticultor (formerly Celler Dosterras)
Vintage Year: 2007
Highest Rating: 91pts ( International Wine Cellar)
Country: Spain
Region: Cataluña
Appellation: D.O. Montsant

TASTING NOTES

100% Garnatxa from the 1.2 hectare plot “Les Taules’, vines over 100 years old. The vineyard is characterized by its even division between chalky stone and clay terroirs, thus ‘Dos Terras.’ Aged between 14 and 18 months in French oak cooperage of varying size.

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PRESS

Dosterras (2013) - "The 2013 Dosterras is 100% Garnacha. It is elegant and refined offering fresh aromas of dark red berry fruit, exotic spice, minerals and toast. It is silky smooth on the palate with mouth filling fruit flavor, hints of slate and garrigue. It is beautifully balanced, with soft round tannins and a per- sistent finish. A delicious wine."

93 Points
Michael Potashnik & Don Winkler, International Wine Review, Jun 1, 2014

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Dosterras (2011) - "Medium ruby purple. 100% Garnatxa sourced from a 3 acre plot “Les Taules” with vines 100+ years of age. Aromas of dark cherries. Fruit forward and elegant on the palate, it is medium-weight with good intensity of pure black cherry fruit and hints of earth and smoke. Aged for 16 months in French oak of different sizes, it shows good acidity, excellent balance, firm tannins and a long finish."

92 Points
Michael Potashnik & Don Winkler, International Wine Review, Jan 1, 2014

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Dosterras (2011) - "(100% Garnatxa raised in French oak for 17 months): Deep ruby.Sexy aromas of raspberry preserves, lavender, vanilla and Asian spices. A bright spine of minerality adds lift to the juicy red and dark berry flavors, with notes of black cardamom and licorice adding depth. Closes tangy and long, with excellent focus and gentle tannic grip. This wine has the depth to age but is pretty delicious right now. "

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

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Dosterras (2009) - "Opaque ruby.  Aromas of black and blue fruits, licorice and cracked pepper, with mineral and floral nuances adding complexity.  Ripe and fleshy but impressively energetic, offering intense cherry and boysenberry flavors lifted by zesty acidity.  Closes with firm grip and excellent length, leaving licorice and bitter cherry notes behind."

92 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2012

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Dosterras (2009) - "I absolutely adored the 2009 Dosterras, which comes from a one-hectare parcel of 85- to 105-year-old Garnacha that is fermented in open tanks with pigeage, malolactic fermentation in barrel and 14 months aging in French oak of which 30% is new. It offers a refined, natural bouquet that unfurls in the glass, revealing notes of raspberry leaf, wild strawberry, lavender and dried rose petals that are beautifully defined. The palate is succulent and rounded on the entry, with copious bright red berry fruits that belie the firm backbone underneath. There is an unerring symmetry to this Montsant red, with a killer note of blood orange and spice on the finish. This outstanding, elegant wine should age nicely over a decade but will be difficult to resist in its flush of youth. Drink 2013-2023."

90 Points
Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, Apr 1, 2012

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Dosterras (2008) - "Celler Dosterras' 2008 Dosterras is 100% Garnacha biodynamically farmed on chalk and clay. It offers up a super-fragrant nose of mineral, lavender, and black cherry. Sweetly-fruited, ripe, and lengthy with enough structure to evolve for 2-3 years, it will continue to deliver enjoyment through 2023 if not longer. "

91 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, May 4, 2011

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Dosterras (2007) - "The 2007 Dosterras is 100% Garnacha from a 2.6 acre parcel of vines over 100 years of age equally divided between vines planted on chalky stone and those planted on clay (hence “Dos Terras”). The wine was aged for 14-18 months in French oak of various sizes. Medium purple in color, it displays an already complex aromatic array of mineral, damp earth, pencil lead, incense, lavender, and black cherry. Smooth-textured, sweetly fruited, and well balanced, it has enough fine-grained tannin to evolve for 4-6 years. Drink this lengthy, pleasure-bent effort from 2015 to 2027."

92 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Apr 30, 2010

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JOSEP GRAU VITICULTOR (FORMERLY CELLER DOSTERRAS) WINERY INFO

Overview: Founded in the early 2000s by Josep Grau upon a base of Garnatxa and Samsó (Carignan) vines between 40 and 100 years of age in the traditional Priorat villages of Marça, Capçanes and Falset. Llicorella, chalk and clay terroirs exist side by side, allowing for subtle interplay between boldness and minerality. Maximum attention is paid to minimization of oak influence.

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History: Josep Grau i Closa is an enologist with training in France’s Rhône Valley, where he fell in love with the Garnatxa (Garnacha) variety. In the late 1990s he was shown the remaining old vineyards in the mountain villages of Marçà, Falset and Capçanes and set about acquiring small parcels and making wine, beginning with a three-acre plot of 100-year-old Garnatxa in Capçanes used to produce the estate’s top wine, Dosterras.

Dosterras is derived from the two soil types of the original three-acre plot: Chalk and Clay. Thirty four acres of vines between 40 and over 100 years old are divided among six parcels, including zones with strong presence of llicorella — the decomposed slate responsible for intense minerality in top Priorat — at an altitude of between 350 and 550 meters above sea level. Garnatxa is the primary variety, followed by Samsó (Cariñena/Mazuelo), Garnatxa Blanca and Macabeo, plus tiny amounts of Cabernet and Merlot. Some of the parcels are located in the commune of Priorat, and were a part of the D.O. Priorat prior to the advent of D.O. Montsant in 2002.

Sustainable viticulture has as its objective the preservation of biodiversity and maximum expression of terroir. Individual bunch harvesting is done by hand at optimum maturity, only in the early morning hours. Fermentation is accomplished in 1,500 liter oak uprights and 4,000 liter stainless steel tanks, working the cap by foot in the uprights. After a maceration averaging 25 to 30 days, the wines are aged in French oak of varying age and 225, 300 and 500 liter capacity.

The resulting wines reflect the terroir and a sensitive winemaking hand: Pure fruit expression marked by minerals and aromatic herbs, elegant and fresh in the mouth and a firm structure that develops with time in the glass and the bottle.

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