Aged for 14 months in oak, this is a sophisticated, polished effort that offers long notes of ripe dark stone fruits. Complex flavors, balanced acidity and tannins are nicely layered throughout.
Wine Advocate 94 points - The 2011 Clos del Portal Tros de Clos, whole cluster fermented pure Carinena from a patch of vines planted in 1911, seems like a much more balanced version of the Somni, as the duration of the oak aging has been the same, 14 months, but in this case neither nose nor palate are dominated by the wood given the sheer concentration of the fruit, which is ripe and black-colored and appears intermixed with soil overtones of forest floor, truffles and smoked peat, with much more precision and focus. The palate is full-bodied, with powerful tannins, appropriate for the size of the wine. This beast should age for a long time and is able to deal with the most powerful dishes you can think of. A bodybuilder from Priorat. Drink 2016-2022. (Feb 2014)
Clos del Portal is located in the Priorat region of Spain, nestled between El Lloar and Bellmunt. The vineyards are planted above the Siurana river and rise to the spurs of the Montsant mountains. Owner Alfredo Arribas fell in love with the rugged terrain of this region and in 2001 bought 90 acres, to which he planted vines on 34 acres. The estate vineyard is a connected patchwork of individual parcels which have been divided based on soil composition, exposition and terrain. The soils at the estate are mineral rich, but it is the different proportions of oxidized slate and other compounds in each parcel that lend complexity and elegance to the final cuvee. The estate is planted to five varietals Grenache (five different clones); Carignan, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Monastrell. The fruit is hand-harvested and sorted in the vineyard. The estate is organically farmed and Alfredo is in the process of transitioning to biodynamics. Each parcel is vinified separately the grapes are cold macerated for short periods of time to minimize the potential for over extraction.
|Tros de Clos is a small estate parcel that was planted to Carignan in 1911. These 100+ year old vines produce small, concentrated berries that offers the complete range of varietal aromas and flavors.