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CLOS FIGUERAS - Press reviews


    • International Wine Cellar

      2014 priorat (blanco) doq FONT DE LA FIGUERA
      International Wine Cellar (2016): 92

      Pale gold. Building floral character complements expansive aromas of pear skin, yellow plum and dried citrus fruits. Vibrant citrus, orchard fruit and honeysuckle flavors are impressively focused and nervy, with a smoky mineral underpinning adding cut. The long, dry, floral-inflected finish shows very good clarity and persistence, leaving a subtle note of white peach behind. This suave, food-friendly wine was partially fermented in French oak barrels and then aged in stainless steel tanks for six months.

      -- Josh Raynolds

    • The Wine Advocate

      2012 priorat (tinto) doq CLOS FIGUERES
      The Wine Advocate (2015): 91

      The top of the range red 2012 Clos Figueres has some pungent aromas reminiscent of cloves and a hint of leather and fountain pen ink. The palate is gentler and more elegant than I expected and despite showing some rusticity that reminded me of the dirt tracks of Priorat, it has fine tannins and good balance. My worries are concerning the dry finish, which might polish up with time, and whether the animal character might grow in bottle. A bit of a question mark with some mixed feelings. 3,890 bottles produced.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2013 priorat (blanco) doq FONT DE LA FIGUERA
      The Wine Advocate (2015): 89

      An unusual blend of Viognier, Garnacha Blanca and Chenin Blanc makes up the 2013 Font de la Figuera Blanco and gives the wine a different character that mixes some honeyed notes with aromas of white pepper, aniseed and white flowers. The palate is not as lively as I'd have expected, it's quite full-bodied and powerful. 2,133 bottles.

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2013 priorat (blanco) doq FONT DE LA FIGUERA
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2014): 91

      (85% viognier, 10% garnacha blanca and 5% chenin blanc): Vivid straw color. Lively citrus pith and pear skin aromas are complicated by anise, white flowers and dusty minerals. Firm and juicy on the palate, offering zesty lime and orange flavors and a gingery topnote. Finishes dry, precise and very long, with a lick of spiciness and lingering minerality.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2012 priorat (tinto) doq FONT DE LA FIGUERA
      The Wine Advocate (2015): 90

      The 2012 Font de la Figuera showed better than the 2011 which revealed the heat and ripeness of the vintage. Even though 2012 was also warm and dry, the wines seem to have retained good freshness within a ripe style. It is a blend of Garnacha and Cariñena with some Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. The élevage is still a little too apparent in the spicy, smoky aromas that are marked by a predominance of cloves, vanilla and cinnamon plus an end note of dark chocolate. The palate is medium to full-bodied, with dusty tannins that have a slightly rustic character. The wine aged for one year in 500- to 600-liter oak barrels. 6,970 bottles were produced.

    • Wine Spectator

      2011 priorat (tinto) doq FONT DE LA FIGUERA
      Wine Spectator (2015): 92

      This dense red delivers expressive notes of raspberry, mountain herb, cocoa and crushed stone. Moderate tannins support a light, firm texture, while balsamic acidity supplies the drive. A bit edgy, but shows real character. Garnacha, Cariñena, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2021. 600 cases made. T.M

    • The Wine Advocate

      2013 priorat (tinto) doq SERRAS DEL PRIORAT
      The Wine Advocate (2015): 90

      The entry-level red 2013 Serras del Priorat is a fresh and fruit-driven effort. A blend of Garnacha, Mazuelo (Cariñena), Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, it shows aromas of plums, violets and Mediterranean herbs with a vegetal twist on the nose and the rustic palate is framed by fine-grained , slightly dusty tannins. Very good, if slightly anonymous, and a very good value for Priorat.

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2013 priorat (tinto) doq SERRAS DEL PRIORAT
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2014): 90

      (60% garnacha and 20% carinena, with cabernet and syrah): Bright violet color. Lively, mineral-accented aromas of cassis, cherry pit and black pepper, with a hint of cola in the background. Spicy and sharply focused, offering lively dark berry and bitter cherry flavors with zesty mineral bite. Shows very good clarity and lift on the finish, with smooth tannins sneaking up slowly.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2010 priorat (tinto) doq CLOS FIGUERES
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 92

      The 2010 Clos Figueres is a serious cuvee of old vine Carinena and Garnacha complemented by Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Mourvedre (Monastrell) fermented in open oak barrels where it aged for some 16 months. It shows good transparency of aromas, with ripe blackberries, morello cherries and raspberries coated by fine cinnamon, vanilla and a lactic hint. The palate is medium to full-bodied with sharp acidity, very good purity of flavors and a long aftertaste, quite fine and elegant. Drink 2014-2020. Clos Figueras is the Priorat winery belonging to Christopher Cannan, the well-known wine importer who created Europvin. He has the help of Alain Graillot from Crozes-Hermitage to produce his wines and has recently added a restaurant in Gratallops, also called Les Figueres. Importer: Europvin USA and Golden State Wine Co.

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2010 priorat (tinto) doq CLOS FIGUERES
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2014): 93

      Full ruby. Deeply pitched cherry compote, cassis and incense aromas are lifted by a bright mineral nuance and a hint of peppery spices. Rich yet lively on the palate, offering bitter cherry and dark berry liqueur flavors and an exotic touch of five-spice powder. Clings with excellent focus and persistence on the penetrating finish, which features intense dark fruit and floral character and dusty, building tannins. By all means have some patience with this wine: it should be hitting its stride somewhere around age 10 to 12.

    • Wine & Spirits

      2009 priorat (tinto) doq CLOS FIGUERES
      Wine & Spirits (2014): 94

      For their top wine, Clos Figueras uses the Catalan spelling of the name (Figueres), presenting a blend of old-vine garnacha and cariñena (more than 60 years old) with syrah and mourvèdre. In the 2009, that blend produced a wine with pure red fruit, rich in acidity and generous in minerality, with a note of coal that's a clear sign of Priorat's slate soil. While it's a big wine, it's refreshing, drinkable now with morcilla. Europvin USA, New York.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2009 priorat (tinto) doq CLOS FIGUERES
      The Wine Advocate (2011): 93-96 points

      The 2009 Clos Figueras, tasted from a barrel sample, exhibits mineral, Asian spices, incense, and assorted black fruits that inform the nose of this rich, structured, already complex offering. Full-bodied yet nicely proportioned with excellent volume and length, it will benefit from 4-5 years of cellaring and will deliver pleasure through 2024, perhaps longer.

    • Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages

      2007 priorat (tinto) doq CLOS FIGUERES
      Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages (2014): 17

      Mid crimson with a red rim. Solid and well-knit nose but the llicorella robs the fruit a little. Dry finish. Sweet start and not nearly as sophisticated a structure as the 2008.I suspect that tannins may always be a bit intrusive. 14.5%

    • The Wine Advocate

      2007 priorat (tinto) doq CLOS FIGUERES
      The Wine Advocate (2010): 94

      The purple-colored 2007 Clos Figueres displays an already complex nose of sandalwood, Asian spices, mineral, lavender, herbs, and assorted black fruits. Dense and sweet on the palate, this plush offering will continue evolving for another 5-7 years and have a drinking window extending from 2015 to 2027.

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2007 priorat (tinto) doq CLOS FIGUERES
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2010): 93 points

      Opaque violet. Expansive, highly perfumed bouquet of black raspberry, cherry, licorice, black cardamom and smoky minerals. Racy red and dark berry and bitter cherry flavors are underscored by tangy minerality and complemented by a floral pastille quality. Gains weight with air while maintaining vivacity, finishing with gentle sweetness and a hint of cracked pepper. This will age on its balance.

    • Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages

      2012 priorat (blanco) doq FONT DE LA FIGUERA
      Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages (2014): 15,5

      85% Viognier plus Grenache Blanc and Chenin Blanc fermented and aged in stainless steel plus a little oak.

      Moderate intensity and some light varietal aroma with a touch of honeysuckle. Real weight and some honeyed flavour on the palate. A pretty heavy wine with just a hint of bitterness and heat on the finish. Not for the faint-hearted! A gastronomic treat with a rich shellfish dish perhaps? 14.5%

    • The Wine Advocate

      2012 priorat (blanco) doq FONT DE LA FIGUERA
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 88

      The 2012 Font de La Figuera Blanco, an unusual blend of Viognier, Garnacha Blanca and Chenin Blanc, is quite pale and aromatic, with notes of white flowers, apples and pears with some fennel and white pepper thrown in. The palate is light and fresh, with delineated flavors, good acidity and a pungent, pleasant slightly bitter finish. Drink now-2016. Clos Figueras is the Priorat winery belonging to Christopher Cannan, the well-known wine importer who created Europvin. He has the help of Alain Graillot from Crozes-Hermitage to produce his wines and has recently added a restaurant in Gratallops, also called Les Figueres. Importer: Europvin USA and Golden State Wine Co.

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2012 priorat (blanco) doq FONT DE LA FIGUERA
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2013): 91

      (85% viognier, 10% garnacha blanca and 5% chenin blanc; no oak): Pale yellow. Alluring scents of fresh citrus and pit fruits, with floral honey and ginger nuances. Silky in texture, with juicy peach and Meyer lemon flavors expanding and gaining in perfume with air. The fresh, precise finish strongly repeats the floral note and clings with impressive tenacity.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2010 priorat (tinto) doq FONT DE LA FIGUERA
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 89

      The 2010 Font de La Figuera seems a little bit older than it is, with an orange border and aromas of leather, brick dust, cloves and ripe raspberries. The palate is medium-bodied, with copious fine-grained tannins and a slightly vegetal twist in the finish. Drink 2014-2017. Clos Figueras is the Priorat winery belonging to Christopher Cannan, the well-known wine importer who created Europvin. He has the help of Alain Graillot from Crozes-Hermitage to produce his wines and has recently added a restaurant in Gratallops, also called Les Figueres. Importer: Europvin USA and Golden State Wine Co.

    • Wine & Spirits

      2010 priorat (tinto) doq FONT DE LA FIGUERA
      Wine & Spirits (2014): 94

      Delicate and refined, this carries its spicy red fruit with a firm but gentle grip, the freshness of the fruit shining through the wine. It's a style Clos Figueras does well - an unusually elegant one by Priorat standards. This is a blend of garnacha, syrah, cariñena and monastrell and cabernet planted 15 years ago. Europvin USA, New York.

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2010 priorat (tinto) doq FONT DE LA FIGUERA
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2014): 91

      Opaque ruby. Spice- and mineral-accented cherry and redcurrant aromas show good clarity and hints of dried rose and pipe tobacco. Gently sweet red fruit and floral pastille flavors spread out nicely in the middle palate, picking up deeper blackcurrant and licorice flavors and a hint of succulent herbs. Closes spicy, smooth and long, with late-arriving tannins and lingering smokiness.

    • Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages

      2009 priorat (tinto) doq FONT DE LA FIGUERA
      Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages (2014): 16

      Grenache, Carignan, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon in unspecified proportions.

      Colour seems a little deeper and brighter than the 2010 Font de Figuera. Some well-resolved sweet meatiness on the nose. Lots of freshness here and I find myself, contrarily, missing the sweetness of the 2010. A bit tough on the finish. Perfectly respectable but you can tell it's not the top wine. Just a bit timid. This could do with a tad more fruit expression and zest. 14.5%

    • Wine Enthusiast

      2009 priorat (tinto) doq FONT DE LA FIGUERA
      Wine Enthusiast (2014): 92 points : Cellar Selection

      Cherry, cassis and plum aromas are clean as polished glass. This feels fruity and firm, with good flow. Peppery blackberry and minerally cassis are the lead flavors, whiile the finish brings schisty minerality and integrated but noted acidity. Best from 2016–2019.

    • Wine Spectator

      2009 priorat (tinto) doq FONT DE LA FIGUERA
      Wine Spectator (2013): 89

      Sanguine, licorice and wild herb notes frame cherry, cranberry and smoky flavors in this firm red. Features a supple texture, but the chewy tannins add grip. A bit rustic, but expressive. Drink now through 2019. 700 cases made. TM

    • International Wine Cellar

      2009 priorat (tinto) doq FONT DE LA FIGUERA
      International Wine Cellar (2011): 90

      Saturated ruby. Expressive, spice-accented aromas of black raspberry and candied cherry, complicated by deeper notes of licorice and mocha and a hint of dried violet. Pliant, open-knit dark berry flavors are underscored by smoky minerality. Still quite primary but I suspect that this ripe, fleshy wine will be drinking very well shortly.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2009 priorat (tinto) doq FONT DE LA FIGUERA
      The Wine Advocate (2011): 90 points

      The 2009 Font de la Figuera .is a spicy, full-bodied offering displaying ample red and black fruits, a vein of minerality, good balance, and a medium-long, fruit-filled finish. It will evolve for 1-2 years and provide peak drinking through 2019.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2012 priorat (tinto) doq SERRAS DEL PRIORAT
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 90

      The 2012 Serras del Priorat is a great entry-level red produced with a blend of Mediterranean and French grapes aged for a short time in barrel, which feels a bit wild like a very young Northern Rhone with aromas of flowers, smoked meat and licorice, pungent flavors and sharp acidity, with round tannins and very good length. A very good young wine at an attractive price. Drink now-2017. Clos Figueras is the Priorat winery belonging to Christopher Cannan, the well-known wine importer who created Europvin. He has the help of Alain Graillot from Crozes-Hermitage to produce his wines and has recently added a restaurant in Gratallops, also called Les Figueres. Importer: Europvin USA and Golden State Wine Co.

    • Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages

      2012 priorat (tinto) doq SERRAS DEL PRIORAT
      Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages (2014): 16

      Grenache, Carignan, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon. Two-week post-fermentation maceration. Seven months in 300- to 500-litre French oak barrels.

      Bright mid intensity crimson. Juicy, immediately appealing fruit. Very friendly indeed. Round and supple with a hint of chocolate plus a savoury, almost dank note. Lots of early pleasure. A tad simple but there is lots to like here. 14.5%

    • Wine Enthusiast

      2012 priorat (tinto) doq SERRAS DEL PRIORAT
      Wine Enthusiast (2014): 90 points

      Early on, this smells young and a lot like latex mixed with candied plum and red-berry fruits; give it time and it settles on jammy red-fruit aromas as well as a wide-bodied palate. Plum, cherry and raspberry flavors all vie for attention, while the finish is fresh, fruity and lively. Drink through 2017.

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2012 priorat (tinto) doq SERRAS DEL PRIORAT
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2013): 91

      (made from 65% garnacha and 15% samso, plus some cabernet sauvignon and syrah; aged for seven months in French oak): Bright violet color. High-pitched red fruit and floral scents are complemented by bright mineral and white pepper qualities. Sweet and silky in texture, offering lively raspberry and rose pastille flavors and a hint of allspice. Closes smooth and long, with subtle tannins and a strong jolt of candied flowers.

    • Wine Spectator

      2008 priorat (tinto) doq CLOS FIGUERES
      Wine Spectator (2013): 91

      Supple and fresh, this red offers cherry, wild berry, herb, mineral and smoky flavors, with light, firm tannins and lively acidity. Energetic and graceful. Drink now through 2018. 300 cases made. TM

    • International Wine Cellar

      2008 priorat (tinto) doq CLOS FIGUERES
      International Wine Cellar (2011): 92

      Opaque ruby. Exotically perfumed bouquet evokes red and dark berries, incense, graphite and smoky herbs, with a sexy floral nuance gaining strength with air. Juicy, penetrating and mineral-driven, with very good depth to its raspberry and bitter cherry flavors. Leaves sappy floral pastille and spicecake notes behind on the very long, clinging finish. Plenty rich but this wine shows very good vivacity and clarity.

    • Wine Spectator

      2010 priorat (tinto) doq SERRAS DEL PRIORAT
      Wine Spectator (2013): 87

      Plum, licorice and smoky notes mingle in this firm, polished red. Features light, firm tannins, gentle acidity and sweet vanilla on the finish. Drink now through 2018. 800 cases made. TM

    • International Wine Cellar

      2010 priorat (tinto) doq SERRAS DEL PRIORAT
      International Wine Cellar (2012): 90

      ($28) (50% garnacha, 25% cabernet sauvignon, 15% mazuela [sic] and 10% syrah, according to the label; raised in 300- and 500-liter French oak casks): Opaque ruby. Smoky, spice-accented aromas of black raspberry and cherry, with slow-mounting florality and a touch of graphite. Chewy and focused, with youthful bitter cherry and dark berry flavors and a hint of candied licorice. Shows very good energy on the finish, which features notes of succulent herbs and violet. I also had the chance to re-visit the 2009 Font de la Figuera and 2008 Clos Figueres, and both wines are showing better than they did last year. The '09 Font de la Figuera hasn't evolved much over the last twelve months but it has picked up more floral character and is showing a bright streak of minerality that gives it uncommon freshness for this ripe vintage. The '08 Clos Figueres has also become more floral in the last year and is showing intense bitter cherry and candied red fruit character, with supple framing tannins. It's actually quite drinkable now but also has the structure to age.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2010 priorat (blanco) doq FONT DE LA FIGUERA
      International Wine Cellar (2011): 91

      Pale gold. Fragrant bouquet evokes nectarine, orange zest, white flowers and honey. Sappy, spice-accented orchard and pit fruit flavors show very good clarity and a juicy quality. Energetic and focused on the finish, which lingers with impressive tenacity and spiciness. This wine has the heft to work with rich foods and the energy to pair with lighter dishes as well.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2009 priorat (blanco) doq FONT DE LA FIGUERA
      The Wine Advocate (2011): 90 points

      The 2009 Font de la Figuera Blanco is an intriguing blend of 85% Viognier, 10% Grenache Blanc, and 5% Chenin Blanc. In this vintage it went through malolactic fermentation which could have contributed to its round, smooth texture. Fragrant aromas of pit fruits, melon, and baking spices are followed by a concentrated, vibrant wine with excellent volume and length that should drink well for several more years.

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2009 priorat (blanco) doq FONT DE LA FIGUERA
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2010): 90 points

      Yellow-gold. Complex scents of dried apricot, fig, honey and candied ginger, with notes of white flowers and orange peel. Distinctly wild on the palate, showing deep orchard and pit fruit and candied citrus flavors joined by vanilla and sweet butter. Manages to be both rich and lively, and finishes on a sweet, honeyed note, with hints of fresh orange and flowers. This is more exotic and open-knit than the 2008 version.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2009 priorat (tinto) doq SERRAS DEL PRIORAT
      The Wine Advocate (2011): 91 points

      The red wines begin with entry level 2009 Serras del Priorat, a blend of 65% Garnacha, 20% Mazuela (Carignan), and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in barrel for 7 months. It is a fruity, fresh offering with a hint of minerality, spice box, violets, and blackberry. This nicely concentrated, fairly-priced offering will drink well for another 7-8 years.

    • Wine Enthusiast

      2009 priorat (tinto) doq SERRAS DEL PRIORAT
      Wine Enthusiast (2011): 91 points

      Opens with roasted, rubbery aromas that transition to meaty and leathery. Full-bodied in every way, with warmth, sweetness and lots of chocolate, brown sugar and cola vying with very ripe black fruit flavors. Finishes sweet and rich, with power. — M.S.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2008 priorat (blanco) doq FONT DE LA FIGUERA
      The Wine Advocate (2010): 91

      Clos Figueras’ current releases include one white wine, the unoaked 2008 Font de la Figuera Blanco. It is predominantly Viognier with a dollop of Garnacha Blanco and Chenin Blanc (for acidity) completing the blend. Light gold-colored, it delivers an expressive aromatic array of spring flowers, honey, peach, and a hint of tropical fruits. It has a creamy texture with flavors of peach, mango, and pineapple making an appearance. Nicely balanced and long, it will drink well for another 3-4 years.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2008 priorat (blanco) doq FONT DE LA FIGUERA
      International Wine Cellar (2009): 91 points

      Light, bright gold. Complex bouquet of dried pear and apple, melon, fennel and pungent herbs. Open-knit orchard and pit fruit flavors are underscored by a bitter citrus zest quality and pick up smoky minerals with air. Finishes with excellent spicy cut and grip, repeating the fennel note.

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2008 priorat (tinto) doq FONT DE LA FIGUERA
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2010): 91 points

      Bright ruby. Spicy, mineral-accented aromas of red- and blackcurrant, cherry and licorice, with a sexy floral quality. Juicy, expansive red fruit flavors turn firmer in the mid-palate, picking up notes of black pepper and candied violet. Nicely balanced wine with zero excess fat and very good finishing clarity.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2007 priorat (tinto) doq FONT DE LA FIGUERA
      The Wine Advocate (2010): 91

      The 2007 Font de la Figuera is deep crimson-colored with a compelling nose of mineral, scorched earth, Asian spices, boysenberry, and black cherry. This is followed by a full-bodied wine with layers of flavor and enough structure to evolve for 4-6 years. This well-balanced, lengthy Priorat will deliver prime drinking from 2014 to 2027.

    • Wine Spectator

      2007 priorat (tinto) doq FONT DE LA FIGUERA
      Wine Spectator (2010): 93 points

      Lively and expressive, this red brims with wild berry, mountain herb, mineral, smoke and black pepper flavors. Though supple, it has a firm grip and juicy acidity, with a long, vibrant finish.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2007 priorat (tinto) doq FONT DE LA FIGUERA
      International Wine Cellar (2009): 90 points

      Deep, vivid red. Smoky red berries, cherry, sassafras and minerals on the nose. Spicy red fruit flavors gain depth and power with air, taking a turn to darker fruit and picking up a suave licorice quality. The finish echoes the mineral element and lingers with impressive spicy tenacity. This is balanced to age.

    • Wine Spectator

      2007 priorat (blanco) doq FONT DE LA FIGUERA
      Wine Spectator (2010): 93 points

      Lively and expressive, this red brims with wild berry, mountain herb, mineral, smoke and black pepper flavors. Though supple, it has a firm grip and juicy acidity, with a long, vibrant finish.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2007 priorat (blanco) doq FONT DE LA FIGUERA
      The Wine Advocate (2009): 91 points

      The 2007 Font de la Figuera Blanco is composed of 80% Garnacha Blanca with the balance Viognier and Pinot Noir. Medium straw-colored, the nose offers up toasty tropical notes of guava and melon with an aromatic lift from the Viognier. Creamy, smooth, and flavorful on the palate, it has plenty of ripe fruit, baking spices, and adequate acidity. Drink it over the next three years.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2008 priorat (tinto) doq SERRAS DEL PRIORAT
      The Wine Advocate (2010): 91

      The Clos Figueras’ 2008 Serras del Priorat. It is purple-colored with a brooding nose of mineral, pencil lead, espresso, black cherry, and blackberry. Full-bodied, plush, and succulent, this forward Priorat is meant for drinking over the next 6 years. It is a great value that will likely be available for less than $25.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2006 priorat (tinto) doq CLOS FIGUERES
      The Wine Advocate (2009): 94 points

      The 2006 Clos Figueras, a blend of Garnacha, Carinena, and Syrah, is opaque purple-colored with an expressive nose of scorched earth, mineral, truffle, blueberry, and blackberry. Opulent, sweet, dense, and structured, it will evolve for another 5-7 years and drink well from 2015 to 2031.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2006 priorat (tinto) doq CLOS FIGUERES
      International Wine Cellar (2009): 91 points

      Youthful ruby. Sexy aromas of red and dark berries, cherry, graphite, potpourri and dried flowers, lifted by a zesty note of Asian spices. Bright, focused and pure, offering sweet raspberry, cherry and blackcurrant flavors and a tangy mineral undertone. Fine-grained tannins add support to the very long, spicy, energetic finish. I'd come back to this in another five years.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2006 priorat (tinto) doq FONT DE LA FIGUERA
      The Wine Advocate (2009): 90 points

      The garnet-colored 2006 Font de la Figuera is a blend of 50% Garnacha, 30% Syrah, and the balance Carinena and Cabernet Sauvignon. The aromatic array of smoke, mineral, black cherry, and blueberry is enticing. This is followed by a firm, medium to full-bodied wine with layers of ripe fruit, moderate tannin, savory flavors, and a medium-long finish. Overall, the wine seems just a bit muted.

    • Wine Spectator

      2006 priorat (tinto) doq FONT DE LA FIGUERA
      Wine Spectator (2009): 88 points

      Kirsch, chocolate and garrigue flavors mingle in this lush, modern red, which is expressive, even slightly sweet, like candied cherries, but firm tannins keep it balanced.

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2006 priorat (tinto) doq FONT DE LA FIGUERA
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2008): 91 points

      Deep, bright red. Primary red and dark berry aromas are energized by tangy minerals and fresh flowers. Medium-bodied, strikingly pure raspberry and blackberry flavors display pinot noir-like vivacity. No rough edges here, and I couldn't find any tannins either. Finishes clean and sweet, with excellent clarity and growing firmness. Imagine a top-notch New World pinot with chewy texture and you'll get an idea of this wine's personality.

    • Wine Spectator

      2006 priorat (blanco) doq FONT DE LA FIGUERA
      Wine Spectator (2009): 88 points

      Kirsch, chocolate and garrigue flavors mingle in this lush, modern red, which is expressive, even slightly sweet, like candied cherries, but firm tannins keep it balanced.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2005 priorat (tinto) doq CLOS FIGUERES
      The Wine Advocate (2008): 96 points

      This flavorful effort should drink well through 2020. The 2005 Clos Figueres, a blend of Garnacha, Carinena, Syrah, and Mourvedre, is opaque purple-colored. It delivers a complex and expressive perfume of smoky oak, pencil lead, mineral, spice box, black cherry, blueberry, and black raspberry. This leads to a dense, opulent wine that still manages to retain some elegance. Ripe and sweet, this hedonistic effort should evolve for 3-5 years and drink well through 2025.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2005 priorat (tinto) doq CLOS FIGUERES
      International Wine Cellar (2007): 91 points

      Youthfully inky ruby. Powerfully aromatic, complex bouquet of red berries, cherry pit, anise, black pepper and clove. The deep cherry and cassis flavors are complemented by vanilla, baking spices and candied licorice. This boasts impressive energy, finishing with firm but integrated tannins and excellent sappy persistence.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2005 priorat (tinto) doq FONT DE LA FIGUERA
      The Wine Advocate (2008): 90 points

      The 2005 Font de la Figuera is purple-colored with aromas of mineral, earth, spice box, black cherry, and black raspberry. Chunky and slightly rustic in personality, the wine has enough structure to evolve for 2-3 years.

    • Wine Spectator

      2005 priorat (tinto) doq FONT DE LA FIGUERA
      Wine Spectator (2008): 87 points

      Kirsch and strawberry jam flavors are ripe and sweet in this red. Floral and vanilla notes add to the bright sweet-tart candy character. Distinctive, but a bit exaggerated.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2005 priorat (tinto) doq FONT DE LA FIGUERA
      International Wine Cellar (2007): 89 points

      Deep red. Meaty red berry and cherry aromas are brightened by minerals and fresh flowers. A chewy, medium-bodied wine with fresh cherry and plum flavors supported by energizing acidity and moderate tannins. Gains sweetness on the finish, as well as a smoky herb quality. This is already showing very good complexity.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2004 priorat (tinto) doq CLOS FIGUERES
      The Wine Advocate (2007): 93 points

      The 2004 Clos Figueres, from the vineyard's older vines, is a knockout starting with its saturated purple color, intense nose of vanilla, spice box, blackberries and blueberry liqueur, and layered, concentrated flavors. Full-bodied, with ripe tannins and a very long finish, this showy effort should evolve splendidly for 5-7 years and drink well for 10-15 years thereafter.

    • Wine Spectator

      2004 priorat (tinto) doq CLOS FIGUERES
      Wine Spectator (2006): 90 points : "Insider" selection

      This harmonious red marries ripe fruit and firm tannins with blackberry, coffee and mineral notes. Balanced and concentrated. Best after 2007.

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2004 priorat (tinto) doq CLOS FIGUERES
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2006): 92 Points

      Deep ruby. Ripe, concentrated aromas of blackberry, blackcurrant, boysenberry, tobacco, fresh rose, iron and sexy oak spices. Deep and lush, with striking sweetness and big but finely buffed tannins framing the sweet dark berry, mocha and floral pastille flavors. Gentle acids provide energy and precision, giving elegance to this powerful, tangy wine. Finishes youthfully taut. (Europvin USA, Oakland, CA)

    • The Wine Advocate

      2005 priorat (blanco) doq FONT DE LA FIGUERA
      The Wine Advocate (2007): 89 points

      ...aromas of mineral, slate, citrus, and melon. It offers up some complex flavors in a medium to full-bodied style with adequate acidity. It is not a subtle wine but does pack a punch. Drink it over the next 1-2 years.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2004 priorat (tinto) doq FONT DE LA FIGUERA
      The Wine Advocate (2007): 91 points

      ...an attractive nose of mineral, toast, vanilla, blackberry, and black cherry. Full-bodied and firm on the palate, it has thick, concentrated black fruit flavors, excellent delineation, and a long, pure finish. There is enough ripe tannin to support 4-6 years of further development. It should drink well through 2020.

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2004 priorat (tinto) doq FONT DE LA FIGUERA
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2006): 90 Points

      Dark red. Exuberant red berry and cherry aromas further brightened by tangy mineral and licorice accents. Full-bodied and deep, the cherry and boysenberry flavors focused by fresh acids. Long, clinging cherry flavor shows good focus and depth, with firm tannins emerging with air. An impressive showing.

    • Wine Spectator

      2004 priorat (tinto) doq FONT DE LA FIGUERA
      Wine Spectator (2006): 88 points

      This ripe, slightly jammy red offers ripe cherry and blueberry fruit, with vanilla notes and chewy tannins. Pretty floral and anise notes emerge on the finish.

    • Wine Spectator

      2003 priorat (tinto) doq CLOS FIGUERES
      Wine Spectator (2005): 92 points : Outstanding

      Fresh, focused flavors of blueberry jam and toasted country bread with floral, vanilla and mineral accents are alluring in this firm, modern red. Berries, spices and wild herbs mingle on the long, clean finish. Drink now through 2012.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2003 priorat (tinto) doq CLOS FIGUERES
      The Wine Advocate (2005): 92 points : Outstanding

      The stunning 2003 Clos Figueres, a blend of Grenache, Carignan, Merlot, and small dosages of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, is an elegant, beautifully knit, dense ruby/purple-hued effort displaying a sweet perfume of crushed rocks intermixed with white flowers, blue and black fruits, and a subtle touch of wood. It is a noble, racy effort with medium to full body as well as a lovely texture. As one might expect from someone who has lived in Bordeaux for over a quarter of a century, this is a wine of considerable elegance and potential longevity. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2017.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2003 priorat (tinto) doq CLOS FIGUERES
      International Wine Cellar (2005): 92 points : Outstanding

      Bright ruby-red. Aromas of roasted berries, cherry and chocolate mint. Sweet, chewy and deep, with sappy, soil-inflected flavors of dark berries, bitter chocolate, smoke, fresh mint and crushed rocks. Floral lift, firm minerality and mouthwatering acids give this very rich wine an exhilarating light touch. Finishes impressively long, with ripe, dusty tannins.

    • Wine Spectator

      2003 priorat (tinto) doq FONT DE LA FIGUERA
      Wine Spectator (2005): 88 points : Very Good

      Ripe, spicy flavors of dried cherries, raisins and licorice mingle with wild herbs and tobacco in this expressive red. It tastes of dry mountain heat, with firm tannins and plenty of alcohol. Best from 2006 through 2011.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2003 priorat (tinto) doq FONT DE LA FIGUERA
      International Wine Cellar (2005): 89 points : Excellent

      Ruby-red. Exotic spicy oak, sumac, black tea and pungent, resiny high tones on the nose. Juicy and leanish, with high-pitched, vinous flavors nicely framed by firm acidity. Less minerally and deep than the flagship wine, but this has very good freshness and penetration for the year.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2002 priorat (tinto) doq FONT DE LA FIGUERA
      The Wine Advocate (2005): 89 points : Very Good

      The 2002 Font de la Figuera (the estate's second wine) exhibits a dark ruby/purple color along with a sweet nose of blue and blackberries, spicy oak, and crushed rocks. Its texture, purity, and length suggest it should be consumed over the next 4-5 years.

    • Wine Spectator

      2002 priorat (tinto) doq FONT DE LA FIGUERA
      Wine Spectator (2004): 90 points : Outstanding

      Bright, focused black cherry and plum flavors, and lively acidity, give this big red a refreshing quality that brings you back for another sip. Then the smoky, toasty and spicy notes buid and linger. polished and balanced. Drink now through 2010.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2001 priorat (tinto) doq CLOS FIGUERES
      The Wine Advocate (2004): 96 points : Extraordinary

      The flagship offering is the limited production cuvée of 2001 Clos Figueras, a blend of 30% Grenache, 30% Carignan, 20% Merlot, 10% Syrah and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Sadly, there are only 168 cases produced. It exhibits an inky purple color, great richness, and trmendously intense, provocative aromas of black fruits, crushed stones, and flowers. Full-Bodied , with fabulous rechness, an expansive texture, and a long, firm, structured, well-delineated finish, it will be at its finest between 2008-2020.

    • Wine Spectator

      2001 priorat (tinto) doq CLOS FIGUERES
      Wine Spectator (2003): 94 points : Outstanding

      Amazing depth of color and density of texture give this a Port-like character. The flavors are dark and deep, with chocolate, plum, prune and licorice notes. Thick and heavy, almost sweet with oak and alcohol. Impressive, if not really for the dinner table. Best after 2004.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2001 priorat (tinto) doq FONT DE LA FIGUERA
      The Wine Advocate (2004): 88 points : Very Good

      The 2001Font de la Figueras is a blend of 40% Grenache, 40% Carignan, 10% Syrah, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. A deep ruby/purple color as well as a rich perfume of crushed minerals, violets, and black currants are followed by a mediuml-bodied, refreshing, vigourous red to enjoy over the next 7-8 years.

    • Wine Spectator

      2001 priorat (tinto) doq FONT DE LA FIGUERA
      Wine Spectator (2003): 91 points : Outstanding

      Massive, with a roasted, spicy note that deepens the plum and cassis flavors. Muscular tannins give it a formidable structure underneath a lush texture. Needs hearty foods and time. Best after 2005.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2000 priorat (tinto) doq CLOS FIGUERES
      The Wine Advocate (2003): 92 points : Outstanding

      ...(sadly only 2000 bottles produced) a blend of old vine Grenache intermixed with Syrah and Carignan, all aged in new French oak. A dense ruby/purple color is followed by scents of blackberries and blueberries interwoven with a liquid minerality. This pure, medium-bodied wine exhibits a lush, concentrated texture, and ripe tannin in the long finish. These are impressive debut releases.

    • Wine Spectator

      2000 priorat (tinto) doq CLOS FIGUERES
      Wine Spectator (2002): 88 points : Very Good

      Lovely chocolate and black cherry flavors are lush and balanced in this voluptuous red. The tannins are ripe and well-integrated, the finish sweet and fruity. Not as powerful as some Priorats, but textbook character. Drink now through 2007.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2000 priorat (tinto) doq FONT DE LA FIGUERA
      The Wine Advocate (2003): 89 points : Very Good

      ...produced from young vine Grenche, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Carignan. It exhibits an excellent deep ruby/purple color in addition to a sweet nose of black cherries and minerals, and a medium-bodoed, stylish, elegant, pure style. It should drink well for 5-8 years

    • Wine Spectator

      2000 priorat (tinto) doq FONT DE LA FIGUERA
      Wine Spectator (2002): 87 points : Very Good

      The pretty berry and black cherry flavors are supple for Priorat, wrapped in toasty oak and accessible now. It's balanced and clean. Drink now through 2006.