2015 Terroir al Limit "Dits del Terra" Priorat (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1427216 95 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Also 100% Carinyena fermented with 100% stems, yet from a slightly warmer terroir, the 2015 Dits del Terra is more rounded, supple and sexy, with tons of kirsch, black raspberries, pepper, incense and iris aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied, gorgeously layered and undeniably beautiful on the palate, it has ripe, rounded tannins and a great finish that keeps you coming back to the glass. This cuvée gets its name from the nearly 90-year-old vines of Carinyena that give the impression fingers clawing into the schist soils of this site near the village of Torroja. It’s one of the first vineyards that Dominik and his then partner, Eben Sadie, acquired when they started making wine together in the Priorat. Where the l’Arbossar come from a cooler, north facing parcel, this comes from a warmer, southerly hillside.  (2/2018)

95 points James Suckling

 Very spicy with very ripe black cherries, but also some licorice and earth. A bold, warm-tannin structure, but great depth behind it, the finish coming in waves, alternating between warm-spice and cool-mineral flavors. Drink or hold and this has excellent aging potential.  (8/2018)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Dits del Terra has a beautiful nose that is very elegant and perfumed, with floral aromas and a clear mineral note from early on. This is a slightly warmer vineyard (the one originally worked by Eben Sadie); but the balance is amazing here, and there is no heat. The foudres are also a little older—six years old—and therefore are quite neutral, and the wines age nicely in them. The quality and refinement of the tannins is surprising—they provide for a velvety texture, and there is a liveliness on the palate that only the best wines can achieve, especially with a rustic grape grown in a rustic place and in a warm vineyard. In this 2015, the Cariñena is just as fresh (maybe even fresher!) as it is in the Arbossar. Bravo! At the end of the day, both showed a similar quality level. For proprietor Dominik Huber, it's clear that Cariñena is the grape for the warmer places on slate soils. 4,600 bottles were filled in May 2017. (LG)  (4/2018)

94 points Vinous

 Deep magenta color. Powerful red/dark berry, candied licorice and exotic spice scents are complemented by suggestions of smoky minerals. A sexy floral nuance builds with air. Alluringly sweet and energetic on the palate, offering deeply concentrated cherry, black raspberry, spicecake and cola flavors that show superb delineation and bright mineral cut. Dusty, late-arriving tannins firm an impressively long, chewy finish that features suave, spice-tinged cherry and floral notes. (JR)  (4/2019)

K&L Notes

Dits del Terra gets its name from the gnarled, nearly 90 year old vines of Carinyena that look like ancient fingers clawing into the schist soils of this site near the village of Torroja. This is one of the first vineyards that Dominik and his then partner, Eben Sadie, acquired when they started making wine together in the Priorat. Being south-facing, it is also fascinating to taste it along side L’Arbossar, its nearby, north-facing twin.


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Varietal:

Carignane

- This red grape goes by many names, including Carignane, Carignano, Cariñena, Mazuelo, Moestal, Roussillonen and Samsó, which can make things confusing. A native of northern Spain's Cariñena DO, this grape is also found all over France, particularly in the Languedoc-Roussillon, and is also planted in substantial amounts in Italy and California. A bold, spicy, tannic grape, you'll frequently find Carignan blended with softer, fruitier varieties like Grenache.
Country:

Spain

- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.
Sub-Region:

Priorato