Somni 2013 - Clos del Portal

Alfredo Arribas started his adventure in Priorat in 2001 after a career as nationwide renown architect. To discover more on him, have a look to this interview made by the wineshop L'Orangette in Reus.

His Clos del Portal property is located between El Lloar and Bellmunt, stretching from the banks of Siurana river up to the Costers of Montsant mountain range.

He belongs to the new wave of producers which has brought a new philosophy to the wines of Priorat, calling for much more focus and purity rather than power, without giving up to the extreme concentration offered by the centenary low-yielding vines grown on the poorest licorella soils.

Being an architect, he has designed himself a low impact state-of-the-art winery with the vision of fully integrating humans and nature in the same framework.

SOMNI 2013 (4.8/5)

It belongs to the trio of wines offered by Clos del Portal (NegreDeNegre, Somni, TrosDeClos). Similarly to NegreDeNegre, it's a blend of Carignan, Syrah and Greanche but it's produced using late harvested bunches. The very dry climate allows fully biodynamic viticulture. Manual picking during the first week of October, fermentations by means of indigenous yeasts and shorter macerations time characterise the winemaking protocol aimed to preserve elegance and pure expression of Terroir.

In the glass the wine appears deep dark ruby/purple with very good tears. On the nose it's clean offering, with magnificent intensity, layers of minerals, pencils shavings, flint, dark fruits and tar, Mediterranean herbs. Such a complexity and authenticity.
On the palate is dry, with medium acidity, med+ tannins, high alcohol (although very well balanced by the fruit and tannic extracts), full body with lovely sapidity/minerality on the mid-palate and a juicy/savoury me+ finish. Concentration marries freshness and balance. Sublime. Moving indeed. Definitely one of the best wines I have ever tasted from Priorat.
Outstanding quality, Premium Price @£30 (but good value for money, especially when compared to many of its peers). Approachable Now but will keep delivering pleasure for 10+ years.  Carinyena, Syrah, Grenache, Priorat, Spain.


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