2015 Terroir al Limit "Arbossar" Priorat

SKU #1440763 96 points James Suckling

 Amazingly vivid cherries, wild herbs and licorice. Stunning texture on the palate, thanks to the great tannins that make it leap and bound over the palate. The finish is devastatingly fresh and mineral. Just beginning to reveal its depths. Drink or hold. (JS)  (12/2018)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck

 I loved the 2015 L’Arbossar, which is 100% old vine Carinyena from a cooler north facing terroir that spent two years in a single foudre. Fermented with 100% stems, its deep ruby, mostly opaque color is followed by a sensational perfume of blackberries, black raspberries, liquid violets, gunpowder, and an undeniable minerality. One of those rich, powerful, yet elegant reds that just glides across the palate, it has ultra-fine tannin, notable purity and freshness, and a great finish. Drink this gorgeous Priorat over the coming 8-10 years.  (2/2018)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The old-vine Cariñena 2015 Arbossar has a distinct note of licorice that grows in the glass. By working the vineyard with compost, they have managed to increase yields around 15%, and they feel the grapes achieve better balance, which is very difficult to see in the very poor llicorella slate soils that have almost no organic matter. It's a north-facing slope planted some 90 years ago, and the grapes are very concentrated, so it's a challenge to achieve a floral and fresh Cariñena like this, with notes of blue fruit and violets, quite different from the majority of Cariñena from Priorat. It matured in Stockinger oak foudres for 16 months, and like the majority of wines here, it shows perfectly integrated oak, with just faint spices nicely intermixed with the fruit. There is no heat at all; it's a cool vineyard, and that freshness is translated into the wine and is especially noticeable in a warm and ripe year like 2015. Superb showing for the Arbossar—it has to be one of the best vintages ever. 3,900 bottles were filled in April 2017. (LG)  (4/2018)

95 points Vinous

 Brilliant violet color. An intensely perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red/blue fruits, Moroccan spices, candied licorice, espresso and smoky minerals, with a sexy floral nuance emerging as the wine stretches out. Appealingly sweet, seamless and penetrating on the palate, offering concentrated yet lively raspberry liqueur, boysenberry lavender pastille and spicecake flavors that are sharpened by a hint of white pepper on the back half. Harmonious tannins build slowly on a strikingly long, mineral- and floral driven finish that shows outstanding definition and vibrant lift. (JR)  (4/2019)

K&L Notes

L’Arbossar is a steep, north-facing vineyard near the village of Torroja where Dominik farms 90 year old Carinyena on schist and granite soils. He discovered this site while riding his motorbike around the village and despite the conventional wisdom against northern exposure and Carinyena, he could sense that this was a unique site and one quite different from the south-facing Dits del Terra.

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