Profile of Clos de l'Obac Winery
Although the official name of the winery is Costers del Siurana, it is principally known by its famed Priorat wine brand, Clos de l'Obac. Clos de l'Obac is a powerful red wine, made with a blend of five grape varieties, and with grapes from fifty year old Garnacha and Cariñena vines. This leading winery is located in the pretty wine village of Gratallops, right next to Rene Barbier's Clos Mogador. Clos de l'Obac is run by the visionary Carles Pastrana. Carles Pastrana is passionate about his wines and he is one of the most charming wine personalities in Spain. Carles is credited with being one of the first in the region, along with Alvaro Palacios, Rene Barbier and Josep Lluis Perez, to realize the enormous potential of Priorat as a wine region. This was in the 1980's. However, Carles Pastrana's family was already in the region in the '70's, discovering old vines and doing experimental viticulture.
"Recognising an unusual combination of topography, soil and climate, a unique "terroir", and a one thousand year old wine-making tradition, the founding families started a project to re-awaken the spirit of the old Carthusian oenologists, by rebuilding the steep, slatey terraces and replanting the vines. The old vineyard slopes were surveyed, the walls were repaired, the stones were cleared by hand, access paths were built. We resuscitated the old Garnacha, Tempranillo and Cariñena vines, especially the latter, some of which were over fifty years old. We introduced the Cabernet Sauvignon, the Merlot and the Syrah.. The first vintage of Clos de l'Obac was that of 1989. Miserere was born in 1990 and Dolç de l'Obac in 1991. Since then, wine professionals from all over the world have been recognising the greatness of this family of Priorat wines. We shall continue to strive to produce the finest wines from our land; we use only our own grapes. It is our aim to go on improving our products, to achieve the complexity, the balance, the harmony, the grace which define them and which have earned such international fame for the wines of COSTERS DEL SIURANA- Carles Pastrana"
The vineyards of Clos de l'Obac and the other brands, Miserere, Kyrie and the elixir sweet red Dolç de l'Obac, are spread out over various parcels. The beautiful Mas d'En Bruno estate, one of the biggest parcels, boasts a 13th century villa surrounded by land that has had working vineyards for literally hundreds of years. The Mas (Catalan word for big country estate, mansion or villa) is currently being restored by the Pastrana Jarque family. The winery, in Gratallops, is tiny, spotlessly clean and has a lovely tasting room.
Priorat Dolç de L'Obac 2001- "Like a chocolate-covered cherry, this red is sweet and fresh at once, with lively fruit, round tannins and enough acidity to keep it lively. Not for dinner, but a nice match with chocolate desserts. Drink now through 2009. 500 cases imported."
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D.O.: Priorat/ Priorato
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