Mas Igneus Grenache Blend Priorat Barranc Dels Closos 2006

Member Review by dmcker:

Last night I had a relatively cheap red from the Priorat region of Spain, Barranc dels Closos 2004, bottled by Igneus, that was a blend with a lot of garnacha tinta (80% with 20% carignan, I believe) in it. Unfortunately this was slightly damaged somewhere between Barcelona and my house in Western Tokyo, but I still could detect a far more sophisticatedly layered and tasty wine than I expected. Hints of chocolate licorice, hillside herbs and peppery spice, with lush fruit (especially roasted cherries). If I'd had this blind I might have guessed it was a pinot noir from an iconoclastic French winemaker I hadn't yet tasted.That a-typical for the Spanish grenache I've drunk so far. Pinot noir heading towards Port? And a great value for its price. The damage affected its balance (tannins vs. acids) a bit so I'll be looking for bottles from other shipping lots (or at least liquor stores), to see if I can find a healthier one.

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Mas Igneus was founded in 1996, the result of a joint venture between Josep Maria Albet, Josep Maria Pujol-Busquets and initially the Poboleda Cooperative. In 2004, the cooperative left the society and Mas Igneus, together with a group of committed organic farmers from Poboleda and Porrera, moved to its new and definitive home in a purpose built cellar at their Costers de l'Ermita estate just o... Read more
Mas Igneus was founded in 1996, the result of a joint venture between Josep Maria Albet, Josep Maria Pujol-Busquets and initially the Poboleda Cooperative. In 2004, the cooperative left the society and Mas Igneus, together with a group of committed organic farmers from Poboleda and Porrera, moved to its new and definitive home in a purpose built cellar at their Costers de l'Ermita estate just outside Gratallops. The vineyards, the wines, the Mas Igneus cellar and the vineyards of our associated growers are all certified organic by the Consell Català de la Producció Agrària de Catalunya (CCPAE) and BIO INSPECTA (Delinat - Switzerland) - entities that ensure adherence to the strictest international organic regulations. Mas Igneus was the first organically certified winery in Priorat, and continues to be at the forefront of organic production. You can read full details of what that means in the organics section. Read less

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Snooth User: dmcker
1258367,440
3.50 5
06/10/2009

Last night I had a relatively cheap red from the Priorat region of Spain, Barranc dels Closos 2004, bottled by Igneus, that was a blend with a lot of garnacha tinta (80% with 20% carignan, I believe) in it. Unfortunately this was slightly damaged somewhere between Barcelona and my house in Western Tokyo, but I still could detect a far more sophisticatedly layered and tasty wine than I expected. Hints of chocolate licorice, hillside herbs and peppery spice, with lush fruit (especially roasted cherries). If I'd had this blind I might have guessed it was a pinot noir from an iconoclastic French winemaker I hadn't yet tasted.That a-typical for the Spanish grenache I've drunk so far. Pinot noir heading towards Port? And a great value for its price. The damage affected its balance (tannins vs. acids) a bit so I'll be looking for bottles from other shipping lots (or at least liquor stores), to see if I can find a healthier one.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
3.50 5
08/06/2009

I had this wine at a fantastic nouveau restaurant in Montreal - sadly i cant remember the name of the restaurant. Relatively cheap, but very nice. Cool herbal and mineral tones led to a surprising complexity. Good fruit, and a lot of oomph for a wine of this price. As DM says in his review, very pinot esque, although fuller.


Snooth User: Dani Peer
4686983
3.00 5
05/01/2010

Three glasses




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