One of the most engaging wines produced in the DOQ Priorat, Clos Abella encapsulates the best qualities of that exceptional wine region.
This Spanish red wine by Marco Abella is made solely from a blend of Grenache and Carignan. It's already been several vintages since the winery decided to remove the international varieties from the blend. The result has been an ever more terroir-oriented wine, and one which has not lost a nibble of its trademark elegance at that.
The grapes come from very old, low-yielding vines grown in slate soils located near the town of Porrera, the coolest area in Priorat. They are farmed following organic methods and environmentally friendly procedures.
Harvested by hand, the grapes were selected on site and brought to the cellar in little boxes. Then they were separately vinified with indigenous yeasts fermented for 10 days and macerated for 45 days. After that, this red wine from Priorat was aged for 24 months in 225 and 300-litre French oak barrels from 5 different cooperages, and for another 24 months in the bottle before its commercial release.
Decant Clos Abella 2014 a minimum of 2 hours before drinking.
Drink through 2030.
The red wine Clos Abella has an intense, high cherry-coloured robe with a garnet rim.
Impressively complex, showing aromas of bitter chocolate, spices, plums, blackberries, blackcurrants and liquorice. On the background of this blend of Grenache & Carignan, there are a myriad suggestions of black stones and graphite, plus a delightful halo of smoke, dry earth, lavender, flowers, truffles and Mediteranean undergrowth.
Young and with plenty of room for growth, this Priorat red wine by Marco Abella has a silky body and a intricate texture, full of detail and nuance. Blackberries, chocolate, menthol, black slate, underbush, chinese ink, spices and violets. Acidity is simply exceptional, and tannins are yummy. Clos Abella has a long finish that leaves some deep, fascinatingly mineral remembrances and a distant floral note.
|Our personal opinion||
Wonderfully nuanced and understated - not a minor achivevement for a wine coming from telluric Priorat - Clos Abella 2014 is an excellent piece of work.
Clos Abella 2013:
Aged for 20 months. Enterwine 93. DWWA 2018 - 97 points & Platinum Medal.
Clos Abella 2012:
Blend of Grenache, Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Aged for 24 months. Enterwine 93.
Clos Abella 2010:
Gold Medal-Mundus Vini 2015. Bronze Medal-Decanter World Wine Awards 2015. Catalan "Vinari d' Or" Award.
Clos Abella 2009:
Best Wine of the World-Wine in China Magazine (97/100). Tanzer 93, Wine Enthusiast Magazine 93. Bronze Medal-Decanter World Wine Awards.
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||One hour before serving|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||No|
|Is this product free of sulfites?||No|
|Type of ageing||Months in French oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||24|
|Name of Award||Decanter World Wine Awards 2018. Platinum Medal. 97 points.|
|Percentage of variety||Cariñena 70%, Garnacha Tinta 30%.|
|Pairings||Birds, Civet, Cooked foods, Cured cheeses, Grilled red meats, Red meat with gravy, Roasted foods, Stews|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Fruity and Fresh, Silky and intense, Tasty with barrel notes|
|Occasion||Because you deserve it, Business dinner, Dinner with friends, Family reunion, To bring to an engagement|
One of my absolute top three Priorats ever. Very elegant, smooth and with fabulous minerality underlying.