Portal del Priorat 2014 Clos del Priorat Somni
- One of Catalonia’s emerging superstars, Alfredo Arribas was a nationally renowned architect before shifting his focus to farming and winemaking fifteen years ago, and is known for making some of the most elegant wines in Priorat and Montsant – Wines that are massive in terms of flavor and complexity, but diminutive in terms of alcohol levels and extraction…The opposite of the over ripe, over wooded Priorats of old.
- Alfredo Arribas’ estate is composed of about 150 acres in Priorat and 50 acres in southern Montsant, many of these vines are on original rootstock and pushing 100 years in age.
- Farming is organic/biodynamic, elevage is similarly natural, with native yeast, short macerations, minimal S02, and a “less is more” ethos.
ABOUT THE WINE
- The word “Somni” is Catalan for “dream” – Thus named because the wine is Alfredo Arribas’ favorite from his Clos del Portal project , balanced by its mineral core and exquisite freshness
- A blend of Carignan and Syrah, Somni plays the meatiness and depth of Syrah against Carignan’s brightness and intense aromatics. The result is inky and layered, highly fragrant and silken in texture, exemplifying the power and intensity for which Priorat is so revered
- Certified organic, farmed biodynamically, and made in Alfredo’s signature minimalist style
Vintage: 2014 | Wine Type: Red Wine
Varietal: 60% Carignan & 40% Syrah
Origin: Spain | Appellation: Priorat D.O.Q.
Elaboration: Hand harvested from second week of September to first week of October. Fermented and aged in French oak for 12 months.
Winemaker: Alfredo Arribas
High desnsity of aromas. Bouquet of mineral. Smoky and full of red berries notes, small wild cherries surrounded by spices, fresh herbs and underbush. Damp earth, liquid minerality! Dense and silky on the palate. A full-bodied presence of matter and structure with touches of a noble aging and textures full of nuances.
Production: 500 cases | Alcohol: 14.0% | TA: 5.4 g/l | Residual Sugar: | pH: 3.5
PRESS & POINTS
2014 – 91 Points, Wine Advocate
2013 – 94 Points, Wine & Spirits
2012 – 91 Points, Wine Advocate
2009 – 90-94 Points, Wine Advocate
2009 – 93 Points, Guia Peñin
2009 – 92 Points, Steven Tanzer
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