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Josep Grau Viticultor (formerly Celler Dosterras)

Vespres 2010

Price: $29.00 (average US retail)
Size: 750ml
Winery: Josep Grau Viticultor (formerly Celler Dosterras)
Vintage Year: 2010
Highest Rating: 94pts ( Wine & Spirits Magazine)
Country: Spain
Region: Cataluña
Appellation: D.O. Montsant


80% Garnarcha and 20% Mazuelo from old vines, aged 8 to 10 months in French oak cooperage of 225, 300 and 500 liters.

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Vespres (2011) - "This slightly opaque and dark garnet colored wine from Spain opens with a fragrant and inviting boysenberry bouquet with a hint of black cherry cola. On the palate, this wine is a good as it smells. It is medium bodied, balanced, fruit forward, and smooth. The flavor profile is a tasty black plum with nicely integrated hints of boysenberry, gentle oak and a touch of red currant. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins are a bit sticky, but manageable. This wine is a very nice drinking wine. It would also pair well a New York Strip steak. Enjoy."

92 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Sep 1, 2013

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Vespres (2011) - "(A blend of Garnacha and Samsó--a.k.a. Cariñena or Carinyena, or Carignan if you're a Francophile): Deep ruby. Ripe cherry and dark berry flavors are complemented by notes of candied flowers, smoky minerals and licorice. Juicy, penetrating and pure, offering vibrant dark berry flavors that become sweeter with air. Dusty tannins come on late and add grip to an impressively long, smoky finish. "

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

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Vespres (2011) - "The 2011 Vespres is ruby red and a blend of 80% old vines Garnatxa and 20% Mazuelo. Sourced from a one-hectare parcel of 90-110 year old vines, it offers aromas of black cherry, plum, spice and lots of sweet oak. It is ripe and mouth filling with good intensity of fruit and oak flavors. The tannins are firm and the oak is rather dominant throughout. Need time to settle down and should improve with age."

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

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Vespres (2010) - "The aroma of this wine is almost hallucinogenic, a wild mix of earth, blackberries and raspberries. The mouth is juicy, powered by the wine's fruit with eccentric little details of meatiness and earthiness that focus on its originality and distinction. Vespres is an old-vine blend of Garnacha (80 percent) and Mazuelo."

94 Points, Year's Best
Patricio Tapia, Wine & Spirits, Feb 1, 2013

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Vespres (2010) - "This ruby red colored Spanish Red opens with a ripe black cherry bouquet with hints of mild new leather and a touch of oak. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and juicy. The flavor profile is a mild old infused ripe red currant with notes of nicely integrated minerality. I also detected hints of black pepper and cranberry. The finish is dry and its moderate dusty tannins are very sticky and last for quite some time. I would pair this fruit bomb with a juicy Angus burger smothered in barbecue sauce. Enjoy."

92 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Jan 1, 2013

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Vespres (2010) - "Opaque ruby.  Sexy, intense aromas of candied red berries, cherry pit, potpourri and woodsmoke, with a vibrant mineral overtone.  Juicy, penetrating raspberry and cherry flavors pick up notes of licorice and cola with air, along with a touch of candied violet.  Bright and spicy on the finish, which shows refreshing bitterness and lingering red fruit nuances."

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

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Vespres (2009) - "The 2009 Vespres is a blend of Garnacha and Cariñena with a bouquet of liquid minerality and confiture of black fruits. Dense, sweet, and incipiently complex, it will reward another 2-3 years of cellaring and offer a drinking window extending through 2024."

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

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Vespres (2009) - "Deep violet color. Exotically perfumed scents of red and dark berries, incense, lavender and smoky minerals. Bright, tightly focused cherry and dark berry flavors are lifted by a zesty mineral quality and gain spiciness with air. Leaves licorice and floral pastille notes behind on the long, fruit-driven finish. This drinks very well now, with some decanting."

91 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2011

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Vespres (2008) - "The 2008 Vespres is made up of 80% Garnacha and 20% Samsó aged in various sizes of French oak for 8-10 months. Dark ruby red in color, it offers up a fragrant bouquet of mineral, Asian spices, damp earth, violets, black cherry, and blackberry. Sweetly-fruited, layered, and well-balanced, this lengthy effort will continue to evolve for another 2-3 years and provide pleasurable drinking through 2020."

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

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Vespres (2008) - "This opaque and cloudy dark purple colored wine opens with a musty oak and black cherry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, well balanced, and juicy. The flavor profile is a red cherry and boysenberry blend with just a touch of oak. The finish is pretty dry and its moderate dusty tannins stick around a while. This wine would pair well with a messy rack of ribs."

89 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Nov 16, 2010

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Vespres (2008) - "Saturated ruby. Deep ruby. Ripe aromas of candied plum, cherry, spices and woodsmoke, but with surprising freshness. Dense and full-bodied but energetic, with nicely focused flavors of dark cherry and smoky herbs. Finishes moderately long and gently tannic, repeating the cherry and spice notes."

88 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 16, 2010

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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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