Clos Figueras Serras del Priorat 2011


A nice looking label hides a rather tricky to evaluate wine inside.  A blend of 65% garnacha, 10% syrah, 10% cabernet sauvignon and 15% carignan, the wine leads with aromatics of leather, earth, bruised plums, iodine and some hints of confectionary, with the carignan perhaps contributing some of the wilder characters.  The palate is where it gets harder.  It is balanced and has medium length and depth, but it is far less linear in its expression and evolution in the glass.  Its flavours start with dark plum skins and hints of bitterness, move to an unexpected Sercial Madeira like expression of caramel and nuts, before finally settling to express cherry liqueur style characters that were of less appeal than the starting point.  The considerable spritz in the first glass and the remainder of the bottle dissipated with some fairly rigorous effort.  Overall, this wine is a little difficult to rate, because at times it appeared any of good, above average and a little faulty.  That said, there is probably enough here to give the wine the benefit of the doubt.

Rating: Good, Abv: 14.5%, Price: $38, Vendors: http://www.wine-searcher.com/, Website: http://closfigueras.com/site/el-vino/serras-del-priorat/, Tasted: 2015

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