The flagship, multi-grape blend 2012 Clos Martinet is mostly Garnacha with Syrah, Cariñena (the Cariñena yielded very little in 2011 and 2012) and a little Cabernet and Merlot. The Mas Martinet vineyard is at 200-225 meters altitude on a very sheltered, quite warm site where they have no problems with winds, hail or frost. The nose is a mix of wet slate, spices and earth combined with red and black fruit in the background. 2012 seems like a great vintage for Clos Martinet; there is great depth and very good complexity all in harmony. Earthy and serious, this is a Priorat with great balance that will develop in bottle. 8,700 bottles were produced.
I tasted mostly 2011 and some 2012s form Martinet. I visited a couple of vineyards with Sara Pérez and understood why they want to keep the vineyards vinified and bottled separately as they are so different and they show the character of the place so well that it would be a shame to blend them together.
After 20 years they are still fine tuning their rancio wine that I hope will be released soon. I saw the wine from the last vintage aging in glass demijohns on top of the roof and tasted a delightful sample of what will join the roots and essence of old-time Priorat with the 1989 pioneers, thanks to the determination of Sara Perez.