2013 Clos Mogador, Manyetes, $71.50
Winery info: Clos Mogador was founded by René Barbier in 1982 in Gratallops, in the heart of the Priorat region of northeast Spain. Barbier, who came from a family of French winemakers and trained in France, brought with him the concept of “clos” wines: those sourced from a single specific vineyard site. Along with several other top producers, he was instrumental in promoting the Priorat to DOC status. René’s son, often referred to as René IV, now oversees all winemaking.
Grapes: 100% Carignan
Vineyard: Manyetes, a south-facing vineyard site in Gratallops, with 100% llicorella soil, a type of decomposing slate unique to this region. The grapes struggle to survive in the poor soil, intense sun, and harsh exposure, producing concentrated wines with unique Priorat character.
Flavor Profile: Rich, yet rustic, with tons of minerality from the slate soil, and complex, concentrated dark fruit flavors of plum and figs, and a touch of spice.
Availability: They made just over 4000 bottles. This vintage is gone. (We have one bottle left at the moment)
Drinkability: Drinking well now, but it will age beautifully for three to five more years.
Food Pairing: Perfect for charred or braised meats, harissa-spiced lamb, game or pork dishes, or rabbit.
2014 Turner Pageot, La Rupture, Sauvignon Blanc, $29.75
Winery info: French native Emmanuel Pageot and Australian Karen Turner met while working at Domaine Hugel in Alsace. Finding a shared passion for creating wines of utmost flavor and character, they purchased a small site in Gabian, in the Languedoc region of southern France. This area offered them the most freedom to grow the grape varieties and make the kinds of wines that inspired them. Today Emmanuel tends the vines and Karen is the winemaker. They make their wines in tiny quantities. Their first vintage under their own label was 2008.
Grapes: 100% barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc. 20% of the grapes are vinified in the “orange wine” style: given extended maceration on the skins as if it were a red wine.
Vineyard: Mostly north- and northwest-facing slopes with a mix of clay, limestone, and gravel soils. They farm biodynamically to most fully convey the character of their vineyard in their wines.
Flavor Profile: Complex and expressive, with fresh, zesty flavors of ripe apple and pear, and a touch of toasty nuttiness. Wonderfully fresh and minerally and yet richly textured and full, it is a unique wine.
Availability: The distributor is out of this vintage but we still have several bottles left.
Drinkability: Enjoy over the next two to three years.
Food Pairing: The art on their labels suggests food pairings for each wine. This one is a good partner for seafood, such as turbot, crayfish, lobster, oysters, or smoked halibut salad.