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VITICULTORS MAS D'EN GIL

Region: Cataluña
Appellation: D.O.Q. Priorat
City: Bellmunt del Priorat
Winery Website: www.masdengil.com
Winery GPS Coordinates: 41.1559238389684,0.76666422779

OVERVIEW

Mas d'en Gil is located in Bellmunt del Priorat at the southern extreme of the D.O.Q. and is the Priorat estate closest to and most influenced by the sea. Evening breezes maintain freshness in the concentrated fruit and mark the estate style as particularly finesseful and expressive. Varieties grown are Garnacha Tinta, Garnacha Peluda, Cariñena, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Garnacha Blanca and Viognier. Vines on the estate have been planted at various times between 1931 and 1998.

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HISTORY

Mas d'en Gil is the historic name of a preeminent 312-acre estate in Priorat with a winemaking history of over 300 years. For most of the twentieth century it was known as Masía Barril, purchased in the 1930s by Rafael Barril, and was among the three principal progenitors of modern Priorat along with Scala Dei and de Müller. Under these auspices, Classical Wines had introduced the estate's wines to the US market in the 1980s. Thus we celebrate a 'homecoming' of sorts.

The Rovira family of Vilafranca del Penedés, with long experience in the Spanish wine trade, acquired Masía Barril in 1998 from Rafael Barril's widow Magdalena and proceeded to conserve and upgrade the vineyards and facilities, reapplying the original name. The estate is farmed organically and includes multiple crops and forest, with vineyards constituting just 30% of the surface area. 43 separately-produced vineyard plots are located in the varied exposures and soil types of five valleys: La Coma, El Sas, Clot de l'Oliver, Lo Griñó and Esmoler. Soils include chalk, clay and gravel in addition to the famous 'llicorella' slate.

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PRESS

Clos Fontà (2009) - "Gorgeous from head to toe, this opens with cedar, maple, blackberry and the essence of schisty minerality. On the palate, it’s tannic and firm but not overpowering. Flavors of blackberry, cassis, fig and vanilla finish with chocolaty notes and more than enough leftover berry fruit. Hold until 2017, then drink through 2024."

94 Points
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, Jun 1, 2015

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Coma Alta (2012) - "The clean, subtle and mineral 2012 Coma Alta is pure Garnacha Blanca partly fermented in barrel with 30% of the wine also matured in 500-liter French oak barrels for six months. The aromas are pure, with white flowers and some aromatic herbs plus a touch of pollen. The palate is sleek, delineated,and shows very good balance and subdued minerality. The entry-level white here is at the quality level of many of the top whites form other addresses. Intense and elegant. Bravo! 4,628 bottles produced. Mas d'en Gil wines keep getting better and better with the vintage. There is no rush to release the wines here, which means they are selling older vintages than the majority of other wineries. They are working toward the certification as single-vineyard wines for their top red and white Clos Fontá and Coma Blanca, respectively. In May 2015 they are releasing the first ever white village wine from Priorat, form Bellmut where the property is located. When it comes to viticulture and winery work, they started in 2008 harvesting earlier in order to obtain fresher wines as well as using larger oak vats for the aging of reds and 500-liter barrels instead of 225-liter barrels for the whites. The determination of winemaker and proprietor Marta Rovira is certainly bringing the wines of Mas d'en Gil to the leading group of Priorat producers."

91+ Points
Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate, Jun 1, 2015

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Bellmunt (2011) - "The village red 2011 Bellmunt has benefited from time in bottle, something most of the Priorat reds for this level don't have (you have to give it to them). It's an assemblage of Garnacha ( 60%) Cariñena ( 20%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (20%) that fermented in stainless steel and matured in different-sized, well-seasoned oak barrels and vats. I haven't found many 2011s with red fruit aromas, and even less when they have such percentage of Garnacha that had a tendency to show riper aromas in that warm vintage, so this is exceptional. The medium-bodied palate shows the polishing of the bottle aging, fine tannins and good acidity. It was bottled in March 2013. This represents very good value in Priorat. Mas d'en Gil wines keep getting better and better with the vintage. There is no rush to release the wines here, which means they are selling older vintages than the majority of other wineries. They are working toward the certification as single-vineyard wines for their top red and white Clos Fontá and Coma Blanca, respectively. In May 2015 they are releasing the first ever white village wine from Priorat, form Bellmut where the property is located. When it comes to viticulture and winery work, they started in 2008 harvesting earlier in order to obtain fresher wines as well as using larger oak vats for the aging of reds and 500-liter barrels instead of 225-liter barrels for the whites. The determination of winemaker and proprietor Marta Rovira is certainly bringing the wines of Mas d'en Gil to the leading group of Priorat producers."

91 Points
Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate, Jun 1, 2015

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Clos Fontà (2009) - "The nose of the 2009 Clos Fontá screamed slate and Priorat. This powerful wine was born in 1998 as a blend of Cariñena, Garnacha Peluda and Garnacha País (different strains of Garnacha) selected from their best estate vineyards and fermented in small oak vats by plot. After malo the wines are blended and put in 225- and 1,500-liter oak vats to mature for some 14 months. Wet slate, ripe plums, spices and peat aromas dominate the nose. The palate is full-bodied and ripe, true to place and vintage, a powerful red for the long haul that is still in need of some more time in bottle and/or powerful meat dishes. I'd still wait a bit more. 7,928 bottles were filled. Mas d'en Gil wines keep getting better and better with the vintage. There is no rush to release the wines here, which means they are selling older vintages than the majority of other wineries. They are working toward the certification as single-vineyard wines for their top red and white Clos Fontá and Coma Blanca, respectively. In May 2015 they are releasing the first ever white village wine from Priorat, form Bellmut where the property is located. When it comes to viticulture and winery work, they started in 2008 harvesting earlier in order to obtain fresher wines as well as using larger oak vats for the aging of reds and 500-liter barrels instead of 225-liter barrels for the whites. The determination of winemaker and proprietor Marta Rovira is certainly bringing the wines of Mas d'en Gil to the leading group of Priorat producers. "

94 Points
Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate, Jun 1, 2015

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Coma Vella (2009) - "The 2009 Coma Vella, a blend of different strains of Garnacha with 30% Cariñena and 10% Syrah matured in 225-, 1,500- and 3,000-liter oak barrels and vats for some 12 months. It has a serious palate, showing admirable restraint for a warm vintage like 2009, mixing plums and flowers with some earthy tones. The palate is juicy and ripe, slightly dusty and rustic. It is very Priorat and has good balance and enough acidity. This should evolve in bottle since it has the stuffing and balance to do so. 41,398 bottles produced. Mas d'en Gil wines keep getting better and better with the vintage. There is no rush to release the wines here, which means they are selling older vintages than the majority of other wineries. They are working toward the certification as single-vineyard wines for their top red and white Clos Fontá and Coma Blanca, respectively. In May 2015 they are releasing the first ever white village wine from Priorat, form Bellmut where the property is located. When it comes to viticulture and winery work, they started in 2008 harvesting earlier in order to obtain fresher wines as well as using larger oak vats for the aging of reds and 500-liter barrels instead of 225-liter barrels for the whites. The determination of winemaker and proprietor Marta Rovira is certainly bringing the wines of Mas d'en Gil to the leading group of Priorat producers. "

92 Points
Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate, Jun 1, 2015

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Bellmunt (2011) - "Opaque ruby. Aromas of cherry, blackberry and peppery spices, plus a smoky topnote and a hint of minerality. Lively and subtly sweet, with bitter cherry and dark fruit flavors picking up a suave floral nuance with air. A suggestion of succulent herbs comes up with air and carries through the long, youthfully tannic finish. This wine likes a little air."

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2014

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Clos Fontà (2009) - "Inky ruby. Sexy blackberry, cola and floral pastille aromas display very good energy and pick up a mineral nuance with air. Round and fleshy on the palate, offering gently sweet dark berry and spicecake flavors lifted by a mineral element. At once rich and lively, showing a silky texture and excellent depth. Leaves an exotic candied lavender quality behind on the strikingly long, penetrating, gently tannic finish, which shows no rough edges."

94 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2014

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Coma Alta (2012) - "Bright straw. Tightly focused peach, pear and orange pith aromas are accented by anise and succulent herbs. Fresh citrus fruit and dried pear flavors are lifted by tangy acidity and show a refreshingly dry edge. Deepens on the incisive finish, picking up a minerally quality and showing very good focus and length. Quite lithe but concentrated as well, which makes the food-matching potential here pretty limitless."

91+ Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2014

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Coma Vella (2009) - "Deep ruby. Aromas of dried cherry, cassis, violet and peppery spices, with a bright mineral quality adding lift and focus. Ripe and broad on entry, then fresh and lively in the mid-palate, offering intense dark fruit flavors complicated by white pepper and a touch of candied flowers. Finishes smooth, sweet and very long, with sneaky tannins and a touch of smokiness."

92 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2014

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Coma Blanca (2012) - "Bright straw. High-pitched aromas of fresh citrus and orchard fruits, quinine, mint and chalky minerals, with a suave floral quality emerging with aeration. Sappy and focused on the palate, offering Meyer lemon and pear flavors plus a hint of anise. Refreshingly bitter and taut on the finish, which clings with excellent tenacity and hints of honeysuckle and chamomile. The marriage of power and vivacity here is quite suave. "

92 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2014

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Clos Fontà (2008) - "Selected from several plots of old-vine Garnacha and Cariñena, this Priorat still shows little aside from its power and concentration, but it’s a wine that will reward patient cellaring The incipient complexity and fineness is there, sustained by spicy acidity that will hold it fresh as it ages."

93 Points
Wine & Spirits, Feb 1, 2014

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Coma Alta (2011) - "This is rustic yet delicious, dominated by aromas of nuts, and full of juicy flavor. The structure and texture evoke the ruggedness of the Mediterranean hills, yet it remains fresh with the generous depth of flavor to accompany brandada de bacalao."

91 Points
Wine & Spirits, Feb 1, 2014

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Coma Vella (2008) - "The 2008 Coma Vella is an elegant and powerful red Priorat produced with Garnacha Peluda, Garnacha Tinta, Carinena and Syrah grapes from slate vineyards at 350 meters altitude planted between 1968 and 1998. The wine shows aromas of ripe damsons, violets, peat and slate in a subtle, harmonious way, with elegance and balance, and a powerful palate with intense flavors and a long aftertaste, lifted by good freshness and a mineral sensation. An elegant and powerful Priorat from a fresh vintage, and one of the best values in its quality range. Drink now-2022."

92 Points
Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate, Feb 1, 2014

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Coma Alta (2011) - "The 2011 Coma Alta is a very clean, pale, tasty, modern blend of Garnacha Blanca and some Viognier partly fermented and aged in oak with notes of white flowers, fennel, aniseed and smoky hints with good acidity and a persistent, clean aftertaste. A very good Priorat white. Drink now-2017."

90 Points
Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate, Feb 1, 2014

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Bellmunt (2010) - "The 2010 Bellmunt is a -village wine-, which blends Garnacha, Carinena and Cabernet Sauvignon from a fresh, elegant vintage showing very good freshness and acidity, pure aromas with hints of complexity mixing red and black fruit notes with spicy touches and soil overtones. The nose is followed by an intense, medium-bodied palate, clean and delineated, with a mineral, earth-driven aftertaste. Drink now-2020."

90 Points
Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate, Feb 1, 2014

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Clos Fontà (2008) - "The 2008 Clos Fonta is a serious wine, the flagship red from Mas d-en Gil, from their oldest llicorella slate vineyards planted between 1931 and 1973 with local grapes, Garnacha Peluda, Garnacha Pais or Garnacha Tinta and Carinena. It is a perfect example of the fact that power and balance are possible to combine. The wine also has the slate personality of Priorat with polished tannins, well-integrated oak and fresh aromas and flavors. A great Priorat. Drink 2014-2025."

94 Points
Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate, Feb 1, 2014

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Clos Fontà (2008) - "Clos Fontà is a delicious blend of Garnacha, Cariñena and Syrah. Sourced from 40 to 100 year old vines, it is opaque ruby and earthy in character offering ripe dark red plum fruit and a hint of honeyed oak, slate and minerals on the nose. It is full and lush in the mouth with ripe red and black fruit flavors, lots of firm tannins still in place, and a long finish."

92 Points
Michael Potashnik & Don Winker, International Wine Review, Jan 1, 2014

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Coma Vella (2008) - "The 2008 Coma Vella is a blend of 60% Garnacha, 25% Cariñena and 15% Syrah. Dark ruby in hue, it displays aromas of plum and cherry fruit on the nose with hints of minerals. It is nicely structured with good acidity and freshness, concentrated dark red berry fruit flavors, herbs and licorice. It has round tannins and a long satisfying finish."

91 Points
Michael Potashnik & Don Winkler, International Wine Review, Jan 1, 2014

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Coma Alta (2011) - "(80% Garnacha Blanca and 20% Viognier): Light yellow-gold. Smoky pear and nectarine aromas are brightened by dusty minerals and a hint of candied ginger. Supple orchard fruit and melon flavors show good depth and pick up tangy citrus peel and floral qualities with air. Firms up nicely on the finish, which features suave floral and mineral qualities."

91 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2013

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Bellmunt (2010) - "(60% Garnacha, 20% Cariñena and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon): Youthful violet color. Powerful, smoke-accented aromas of dark berries, cola and pungent flowers. Fleshy blackberry and cassis flavors are underscored by juicy acidity, which adds lift and cut. The smoky note returns on the finish, which features silky tannins and a seductive note of floral pastilles."

91 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2013

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Clos Fontà (2008) - "(40% Garnacha Peluda, 30% Garnacha País and 30% Cariñena): Opaque ruby. An expansive, heady bouquet displays scents of candied dark berries, licorice, violet pastille, woodsmoke and minerals; smells like a wine from the northern Rhone. Sweet, penetrating and seamless on the palate, offering vibrant blackberry and cherry-cola flavors and suggestions of bitter chocolate and candied licorice. Finishes smooth and long, with resonating spiciness and supple, even tannins."

92 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2013

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Coma Vella (2008) - "(60% Garnacha, 25% Cariñena and 15% Syrah): Vivid ruby. Redcurrant and cherry on the fragrant mineral- and herb-accented nose. Taut and focused, offering mineral-tinged red fruit flavors and a hint of licorice. Closes with firm cut and very good tangy persistence. No excess fat here but no shortage of flavor intensity either."

91 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2013

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Clos Fontà (2006) - "The superb 2006 Clos Fontà is a blend of 40% Garnacha Peluda, 20% Garnacha País, 30% Cariñena and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from 40- to 100-year-old vines and raised in 20% new oak barrels and 1,500-litre foudres. It displays find delineation on the nose with blackberry, wild hedgerow, crushed stone (slate and flint) and a touch of smoke. The palate is very well-balanced with lovely, naturally ripe blackberry and raspberry as well as superb minerality. It disguises the alcohol (15%) supremely well, in fact, to the degree that it felt more like 13.5 or 14%. This is a very well-crafted, atypically “classic” Priorat red that should age extremely well. Drink now-2025."

93 Points
Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, Apr 1, 2012

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Coma Vella (2006) - "The 2006 Coma Vella is a blend of 40% Garnacha Peluda, 20% Garnacha País, 20% Cariñena and 10% Syrah sourced from eighteen identified plots and fermented in cement tanks. The wine is raised in 225-litre barrels using 20% new oak for 12 months. The light and airy nose is very well-defined with crisp red berries, wild hedgerow and a touch of slate (not from the rocks placed near my glass). The palate is medium-bodied with a crisp, tannic entry. The rustic red fruits are cut through by a keen thread of acidity and the finish is governed by grippy, dry tannins that are borrowed from Pessac-Leognan. There is sufficient earthy red fruit to lend this wine an attractive masculine profile that I find natural and refined. Drink now-2019+."

89 Points
Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, Apr 1, 2012

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Coma Vella (2005) - "The red wines begin with the 2005 Coma Vella, a blend of 40% Garnacha, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the balance Cariñena and Syrah aged for 12 months in French oak. Underbrush, a hint of balsamic, smoke, black cherry, and black currant inform the nose of this elegant (for Priorat) effort. In the glass, savory, spicy black fruits lead to a medium-long, pure finish."

90 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, May 1, 2011

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Clos Fontà (2005) - "The 2005 Clos Fontà, a blend of Garnacha and Cariñena aged for 18 months in French oak, is a glass-coating opaque purple color accompanied by a fragrant nose of slate/mineral, licorice, espresso, incense, a hint of balsamic, black cherry, and black plum. Rich, dense, and loaded in the mouth, it displays enough structure to evolve for 4-5 years and will deliver prime drinking from 2015 to 2022, if not longer."

93 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, May 1, 2011

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Clos Fontà (2003) - "The 2003 Clos Fontà is composed of 30% Garnacha Peluda, 25% Garnacha País, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Cariñena aged for 14 months in French oak. The nose offers up smoke, toast, rose petals, slate, cassis, and blueberry. This is followed by a full-bodied, plush, intensely flavored, complex wine with layers of flavor, silky tannins, notes of chocolate and mocha, and a long, pure finish. Give this pleasurable effort 2-3 years of additional cellaring and drink it through 2025."

94 Points
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, Feb 1, 2008

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Coma Vella (2003) - "The red wines begin with the 2003 Coma Vella, a blend of 30% Cariñena, 20% Garnacha Peluda, 20% Garnacha País, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Syrah aged for 12 months in French oak. Deep garnet in color, it has an enticing perfume of cedar, cassis, mineral, plum, blueberry, and black cherry. This leads to a full-bodied wine with silky tannins, layered, spicy red and black fruits, and excellent balance. There is enough structure for 1-3 years of development in the bottle and it should drink well through 2020."

92 Points
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, Feb 1, 2008

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Coma Vella (2001) - "This full-bodied wine was aged 12 months in French oak. It is opaque purple in color with seductive notes of smoke, meat, and game, as well as black cherry, licorice, and minerals. Opulent, thick, and rich, it will drink well for six to eight years."

94 Points
Robert Parker, Business Week, Jun 11, 2007

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Clos Fontà (2001) - "The 2001 Clos Fontà is a similar blend to the Coma Vella without the Syrah component. It was aged 14 months in French oak. Opaque purple in color, it offers aromas of plum, kirsch, mineral and tobacco. On the palate the wine is voluptuous with well integrated tannin, oak, and acidity. It has enough stuffing to merit 4-6 years of additional cellaring and should drink well for a decade thereafter."

94 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Feb 1, 2007

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Coma Vella (2001) - "The 2001 Coma Vella is a blend of 30% Cariñena, 20% Garnacha Peluda, 20% Garnacha País, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Syrah. This full-bodied (14.5% alcohol) wine was aged 12 months in French oak. It is opaque in color with seductive notes of smoke, meat, and game, as well as black cherry, licorice, and minerals. Opulent, thick, and rich, it will drink well for 6-8 years. If you should see the 2000 Coma Vella, don’t hesitate as it is nearly as good."

94 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Feb 1, 2007

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Clos Fontà (1998) - "This rich red’s coffee, chocolate and licorice aromas are alluring, and follow through on the palate, where they mingle with plum and prune flavors backed by muscular tannins. Rich and ripe. An ager. Best from 2004 through 2012. 650 cases made."

92 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, May 31, 2002

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