94 Insider Points

REVIEWS

Deep leather, licorice and spice nose. Aged cranberry on the medium palate with a port-like quality, complemented by pomegranate, fig and anise. An excellent choice for any Spanish lover, and will continue to age well through 2024. 94 Points - JZ Oct '18

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Grenache
  • APPELLATION
    Priorat, Spain
  • ALCOHOL
    14.00%
  • SIZE
    750ml

A powerhouse red from origins so daunting and unlikely the existence of El Mont is in itself a small miracle. El Mont, the place, is a 1.5 hectare vineyard in Priorat at the base of a mountain so steep it immediately calls to mind the towering monolith in “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

Planted exclusively to Grenache, this terraced vineyard boasts an unusual and incredible soil high of clay, granite and slate. Due to the extreme conditions of El Mont, yields here are so low (less than ¾ of a ton per acre), most vintners would shudder. El Mont, the wine, is as awe-inspiring as the vineyard for which is was named. Made by Master Sommelier and the mastermind winemaker behind Miura Vineyards, Emmanuel Kemiji, this is a wine for serious collectors and hedonists alike. The 2010 El Mont is the most successful harvest from the property since its debut in 2007. As only 142 cases of El Mont were produced in 2010, this is a rare opportunity to indulge in greatness.

·    The 2010 vintage in Priorat was rated 95 points or “Outstanding” by the Wine Advocate.

·    Clos Pissarra is owned and operated by a group of wine and restaurant industry bigwigs headed by Master Sommelier Emmanuel Kemiji (owner of California’s Miura) and including chefs Sylvain Portay, Gerald Hirigoyen and Laurent Manrique.

·    El Mont is a single-vineyard, 100% Grenache, from terraced vineyards within Spain’s Priorat D.O.

·    Clos Pissarra decided to forgo the bureaucracy of Spain’s complicated wine laws, preferring to focus all energy on the task of producing the finest wines possible. Wines from this estate are not bottled as Montsant or Priorat but under proprietary names.

TASTING NOTES 

Notes of strawberry, black cherry, and raspberry are combined with tobacco and cinnamon to make for one delicious red wine. 

*invino maintains excellent cellaring conditions, and strives to sell every bottle in pristine condition. As is standard industry practice, any wine purchased over seven vintage years old, is sold "as is" and may not be returned for any reason.

THE STORY TO KNOW

From the winery:

The name Clos Pissarra is derived from the Catalan word for slate, as this is the soil that covers the regions of Montsant (sacred mountain) and Priorat (priory), that lie about 85 miles southwest of Barcelona.

Priorat has quickly established itself as the premier wine region in Spain, producing wines of great intensity and concentration but yet remaining elegant and balanced. The most highly regarded sites comes from the villages of Bellmunt del Priorat, El Molar, El Lloar, Gratallops and Porrera.

Montsant has found a most comfortable niche, being described as a softer, more approachable version of Priorat, and a great value. The most highly touted sites in the appellation are found in the villages of Falset and Capcanes.

We do not belong to either the Priorat or the Montsant appellation system as we found the current process to join either one cumbersome, bureaucratic and not necessarily conducive to producing fine wine. A number of other high profile producers are now following in our footsteps in this regard. Thus we are neither Montsant or Priorat and instead are simply Clos Pissarra. Each of the vineyard bottlings does name the town where that vineyard lies and the grape varieties that make up the wine.

PERFECT PAIRINGS

Pair this with a hearty beef stew or a grilled chicken dish.