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Laurel

Clos i Terrasses

Laurel Bottle
Appellation
Priorat
Variety
Garnatxa, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon
Age of Vines
10-27
Farming
Certified organic (CCPAE) with biodynamic practices
Soil
Schist
Altitude
375-450 meters
Fermentation
Hand harvested, natural yeast fermentation in a combination oak, concrete egg and clay amphorae
Aging
16-18 months in 20hl French oak tanks, concrete vats, neutral 228L French oak barrels, and clay amphorae

Overview

While Clos Erasmus comes from the same parcels year after year, Laurel has been slowly evolving in the vineyard and cellar. Laurel is sourced from younger vines of Garnatxa planted on costers in Aubagues, Garnatxa, Syrah, and Cabernet from the warm terroir of Socarrats, and Garnatxa and Syrah from Guinarderes. The final blend is roughly 75% Garnatxa, 20% Syrah, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Based largely on younger vines and years of toil to establish these sites and properly farm them following organic and biodynamic principles, it would be wholly inappropriate to view Laurel as a second wine. If Daphne had not already established herself as one of the most talented vignerons in the Priorat with Clos Erasmus, she would be a leading contender with Laurel. Aged in large oak vats, concrete tanks, second and third fill French oak barrels, and clay amphorae, the complexity of the élevage is reflected in the wine, which always shows an ethereal and aromatic complexity, translucent ruby color, with red fruit more than black fruit character buttressed with subtle tannins.

Ratings & Reviews

95

2018 Laurel

Source: JD

96

2018 Laurel

Source: WA

96

2017 Laurel

Source: JD

95

2017 Laurel

Source: WA

95

2016 Laurel

Source: JD

95

2016 Laurel

Source: WA

95

2015 Laurel

Source: WA

95

2014 Laurel

Source: WA

93+

2013 Laurel

Source: WA

Catalonia, Spain
  • Location
    Catalonia, Spain
  • Appellation
    Priorat
  • Proprietor
    Daphne Glorian & Eric Solomon
  • Winemaker
    Daphne Glorian
  • Size / Elevation
    11.2 hectares / 375-450 meters
  • Portfolio
    Eric Solomon Selections

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