Terroir al Límit Priorat Arbossar 2017

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Vi de Coster, the equivalent of 1er Cru wine. Arbossar is a steep vineyard of 100-plus-year-old Cariñena (Carignan) with schist and granite soils. It’s very near the village of Torroja where the Terroir al Límit cellars are based. Against conventional wisdom, Arbossar was planted on the cooler, north-facing slopes of Torroja. It was this unusual site that informed much of Huber’s early experience with the terroir of Priorat. As Luis Gutiérrez confirms it’s always a “fresher and more floral style” than the corresponding Dits del Terra (the latter from the south-facing slopes) and picked earlier. Both wines are made in a similar fashion: 100% whole-bunch vinification with wild yeasts and 16 months élevage, yet the 2017 Arbossar was raised exclusively in concrete, and seems all the better for it. It’s open, layered and already terrific drinking.
Vi de Coster, the equivalent of 1er Cru wine. Arbossar is a steep vineyard of 100-plus-year-old Cariñena (Carignan) with schist and granite soils. It’s very near the village of Torroja where the Terroir al Límit cellars are based. Against conventional wisdom, Arbossar was planted on the cooler, north-facing slopes of Torroja. It was this unusual site that informed much of Huber’s early experience with the terroir of Priorat. As Luis Gutiérrez confirms it’s always a “fresher and more floral style” than the corresponding Dits del Terra (the latter from the south-facing slopes) and picked earlier. Both wines are made in a similar fashion: 100% whole-bunch vinification with wild yeasts and 16 months élevage, yet the 2017 Arbossar was raised exclusively in concrete, and seems all the better for it. It’s open, layered and already terrific drinking.

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As I hadn't tasted the wines from Priorat since August 2019, I had two vintages of some wines to taste side by side, and that was the case with the pure Cariñena 2017 Arbossar, which I tasted together with the 2018. It's from a vineyard planted in 1910 on a north-facing slope at 400 meters in altitude on classical llicorella slate and granite soils in the village of Torroja del Priorat that is worked biodynamically and is in the process of being certified organic. This is the first vintage to be fermented and matured exclusively in concrete, trying to achieve the soil and climate of the year more faithfully. The wine surprised me with its orange color and its very open nose, showing notes of brick dust and aromatic herbs. The palate has developed flavors and is tasty, with some grainy tannins. It seems like this vintage is now fully ripe and developed