A remarkable wine from Priorat, Clos Dominic Vinyes Altes is made from centenary vineyards grown in the town of Porrera.
The ancient vines are planted on steep slopes on the highest area (Vinyes Altes) of an estate called "La Tena." The soils are composed of decomposed slate (known in catalan as llicorella), and yield an extremely low quantity of 800 grams of fruit per plant.
Besides that, the Clos Dominic winery practices an environmentally friendly agriculture and follows a policy of minimal intervention, as far as the winemaking process is concerned.
Harvested by hand, the grapes were meticulously vinified and aged for 16 months in mostly new, and some used French oak barrels. The wine was only gently filtered prior to its bottling.
A wine with a considerable lifespan, we emphatically suggest that, if you desire to enjoy Clos Dominic Vinyes Altes 2016 now, you decant it for at least 3 hours before you drink it.
Properly stored, this red wine from Priorat will drink beautifully until 2033.
Only 2,600 bottles produced.
The red wine Clos Dominic Vinyes Altes has a clean, bright, high cherry-coloured robe with a garnet rim.
This blend of Carignan and Grenache from Priorat is deep, multilayered and quite impressive. Aromas of ripe black and red fruit, some toasted notes, hints of vanilla and clove, a surprising floral note, a dash of balsamic aromas and black pepper, and some profound, resounding, ever-evolving mineral undertones.
This reserve red wine by Clos Dominic is really something. An almost ideal balance between an amazing freshness and a tremendous horsepower. Loads of ripe fruit and herbs de Provence, with some oaky notes that will integrate even better with the wine over the next years, and an underlying mineral layer that is a true delight. Velvety tannins, crisp acidity and very long, complex finish.
|Our personal opinion||
A first-class Crianza red wine from Priorat, Clos Dominic Vinyes Altes 2016 will improve substantially in the bottle. It needs a minimum of 6 years to approach its peak.
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|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||Two hours 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||16|
|Name of Award||No|
|Percentage of variety||Cariñena 75%, Garnacha Tinta 25%.|
|Pairings||Birds, Cod, Cured cheeses, Game animals, Grilled red meats, Mushrooms, Red meat with gravy, Roasted foods, Sheep´s cheese, Specialty Spanish prosciutto , Stews, Vegetables|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Tasty with barrel notes, Very intense and inky|
|Occasion||A special occasion, Because you deserve it, Business dinner, Family reunion, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement|
Absolutely first-class Priorat, with a depth to die for. I don't give it 5 stars only because it is still too young.
This would be one of my last-meal wines. I mean, together with 5 o 6 more...
Thank God there is a winery who continues to produce their wines in a traditional way!! Unbelievably deep and mineral wine, at times literally heart-stopping. Marvelous.
A full-blown, ultra-mineral Priorat. Deep and dark as the Mariana trench. Fa-bu-lous wine.