A single estate Spanish red wine, it is produced from over 90-year-old grapevines totalizing less than 2 hectares and farmed following the principles of biodynamic agriculture
The plot is located at an altitude of 400 metres above sea level near the town of Torroja del Priorat. Soils are composed of black slate and granite.
Harvested by hand, the whole bunches of grapes were gently macerated for 14 days to avoid over-extraction and excessive astringency.
After that, Terroir al Límit Arbossar 2017 was fermented with indigenous yeasts and aged for 18 months in a 1,800-litre wooden vat and in used oak barrels.
Drink this old-vines Carignan from now until 2030.
It is essential to decant this red wine from Priorat a minimum of 2 hours before you drink it.
4,600 bottles produced.
The red wine Terroir al Límit Arbossar has a very bright, clean, dense, high cherry-coloured robe with some bluish tinges.
This remarkable old-vines Carignan delights for its depth and purity of expression. Intense and fragrant aromas of plums, blackcurrants, blueberries and blackberries, along with touches of laurel, balsam, thyme, tobacco leaves, coffee and menthol. On the background, deep, pulsating, ever-present mineral notions.
Linear and focused, this Arbossar by Terroir al Límit conveys real depth and an amazing sense of terroir. Medium-bodied and with excellent definition, it depicts an image of Priorat which is quite different from the usual one. Tension instead of mass, freshness instead of heat, agility instead of weight. The flavours literally dance on the palate: bitter cocoa, dry earth, garrigue, flowers, mineral. Everything is in the right place, and with plenty of room for growth. Great acidity, bold tannins and long, memorable finish.
|Our personal opinion||
No wonder that Terroir al Límit Arbossar 2017 always gets stupendous Parker scores. The current vintage is a particularly expressive and appealing one.
Terroir al Límit Arbossar 2015:
Enterwine 95. Parker 95. James Suckling 95.
Terroir al Límit Arbossar 2013:
Parker 95. Peñín 95. Enterwine 95.
Terroir al Límit Arbossar 2012:
Parker 95. Peñín 95.
Terroir al Límit Arbossar 2011:
Parker 94. Peñín 93. Aged for 18 months.
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||Two hours before serving|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||Yes|
|Is this product free of sulfites?||No|
|Type of ageing||Months in tanks|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||18|
|Name of Award||No|
|Percentage of variety||No|
|Pairings||Bull meat, Chocolate, Civet, Cold meats, Duck, Roasted foods, Roasted lamb ribs, Roasted pork, Roasted red meats, Rosted piglet, Specialty plates, Stews|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Tasty with barrel notes, Very intense and inky|
|Occasion||A special occasion, Business dinner, Dinner with friends, Family reunion, Romantic Dinner|
Absolutely spellbinding. Not yet 5 stars, though, still too young.
This is great, believe you me. Not the cheapest wine around. However, the years work wonders on this wine. I recently had a 2009 and was flabbergasted.
The great Dominik Huber is behind the bodega Terroir, arguably the most radical winery of all in Priorat. Dominik's wines have breathtaking intensity and astounding finesse, and most of them come from high-altitude vineyards. This wine - not the absolute top of the winery, whose price skyrockets to 200 euros - shows that an old Carignan can be a world-class wine. No more and no less.