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2012 Clos Pissarra Artisan Red Blend Montsant Spain
Aristan is a five acre vineyard that lies next to our winery. This vineyard is owned by Master Sommelier Emmanuel Kemiji (proprietor of Miura Vineyards in California & Managing Director of Clos Pissarra) and named after his two sons, Aristos and Tristan. Made up entirely of 10-year old Grenache (Garnatxa in Catalan) and Syrah vines on soil that is a mixture of clay and slate. The yields are cut back to a miserly one ton to the acre.
Usually we are not apt to boast but I think this Parker review says it all about this wine. “It’s a dense and ripe, juicy wine, with moderate acidity and very tasty flavors. This superb Mediterranean Syrah is certainly ready to deliver.” 92 points
92pts - The Wine Advocate
Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
Reviewed by Luis Gutiérrez
Issue Date: 28th Oct 2016
Emmanuel Kemiji is a Master Sommelier born in the US but raised in Madrid. He is also owner of Miura Vineyards in California. He started a small project in Priorat back in 2003 with some partners, including some friends from his time at the Ritz Carlton, some chefs, Sylvain Portay, Gerald Hirigoyen, Laurent Manrique and even some celebrities like Antonio Banderas. The project has kept a low profile and I previously had only heard the name but had never actually tasted the wines. They produce wines from Montsant and Priorat, as they own vineyards in both appellations, but none is subject to the official appellation of origin. The winery is located in the outskirts of Falset. Lisa Perroti-Brown met Kemiji in California and she was impressed by the wines from Priorat and got me in contact with him. I'm glad she did...
SRP: $22 Bottle / $264 Case