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2010 Portal del Priorat Clos del Portal Somni 750ml

2010 Portal del Priorat Clos del Portal Somni

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The 2010 Somni (which means “dream”) also originates from the Clos del Portal estate but from the late-picked bunches, the earlier picked fruit used for the Negre de Negres. It is raised entirely in new French oak. It has a very dense, oaky bouquet of dark berry, plum and cedar aromas that are difficult to penetrate at the moment. The palate is full-bodied with toasty dark berry fruit, fine delineation and convincing grip towards the finish. The oak is a little distracting, but it should meld together with time. Drink 2015-2025. (April 2012)

Clos del Portal was founded in 2001 by architect Alfredo Arribas, whose vineyards are located between Bellmunt, El Molar and El Lloar. He set about resurrecting abandoned terraces, and currently the 40-hectare estate possesses 15 hectares under vine. There is a complex connection between “Clos del Priorat” and “Portal de Priorat” that I have tried to disentangle. Basically, the estate “Clos del Portal” markets its wines under the “Portal de Priorat” moniker, with the exception of the Gotes de Priorat, which now comes under its own name. Alfred Arribas’s vineyards in Montsant were marketed under “Portal de Montsant,” but are now marketed under his own name, Alfred Arribas. Confusing, eh? But don’t let that put you off his excellent wines.

90 Points - Wine Advocate

Producer: Portal del Priorat

Price: $79.99
Sale Price: $39.99

Availability: 12

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Varietal: Carignan
Old-vine Carignan grapes, fully ripened on infertile soils in a warm summer, produce by far the best Carignan wine. The key here is that yields have been restricted and there is enough ripe fruit character to mask the naturally high tannins and acidity.

Country: Spain
With more area under vines than any other country, it ranks third in terms of quantity of wine produced. The range of its wines is a reflection of the country's regional climatic diversity ranging from the rich and sumptuous reds of the hot and arid Ribera del Duero to the light, crisp whites of the cool Atlantic region of Galicia and Basque Country. For some of the country's best reds, try the regions of Rioja, Navarra, Ribera del Duero, Priorat, and Murcia. Spain is also responsible for some of the world's finest fortified and dessert wines, the finest of which come from the town Jerez (Sherry), in Andalucía.

Region: Priorat


Type: Red
Red wine is wine made from dark-coloured grape varieties. The color of red differs based on the grapes variety or varieties used. Interestingly, black grapes yield a juice that is greenish-white. The actual red color comes from anthocyan pigments (also called anthocyanins) from the skin of the grape (exceptions are the relatively uncommon teinturier varieties, which produce a red colored juice). Most of the production centers around the extraction of color and flavor from the grape skin.