Monday, May 3, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Clos Dominic and the heart of Priorat

This weekend has been special for us, we have come to the province of  Tarragona (Catalonia) , in particular the town of Porrera , in the heart of Priorat . There we enjoyed the nature and unique landscape, able to concentrate on the fabulous wines we have tasted and a hallmark of the people who inhabit it.

Our first visit, after occupying precious room in the hotel 'Els Pampols' in Porrera (which I highly recommend), was a visit to Clos Dominic , and there was Dominic and Paco, we went to visit his state , very close to Porrera way to spot the Garranxa and bordering on the river we arrived at the farm, looking for sunshine, combines the new vines on a trellis in the lower area, with old vines in 'els costers' (at the foot of the mountain) primarily carignan .
The hardness of the ground makes the productions are infrequent but extreme quality, because as we saw after tasting the wines they make, the differences between the areas do change completely every one of them.

 After visiting the farm and back to Porrera, we saw the old house Pairal (catalonian expression, home of the parents or ancestors) funding to her store, a house beside the river in which to enter the room wine, and in its basement, with typical arches holding of the house, is the barrel room, where lie the wines that are vinified using yeast own without using any chemical, Vinyes Baixes wines, Vinyes  Altes and Clos Petó.

The first wine we tasted was Vinyes Baixes 2006, came mostly from Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon , the vinyard that are on flat ground and 10 to 11 years old. We observed a dark cherry color edge nose granate with complex and persistent aromas of red fruit and toasted wood, balsamic aromas and a touch mineral end.  In the mouth, powerful, but with a well balanced palate with good structure, is a fleshy wine with soft tannins and good acidity.

Clos Petó 2007, made with Cabernet Sauvignon (over 50%), Grenache and Carignan, was the second wine we tasted, say it is the smallest in the range, but I was astonished, of fairly intense cherry red color, striking purple rim tear, the nose is dominated by overripe red fruit with a fine aroma of wood, we can see a slight floral notes and mineral memory.  In palate soft and elegant, correct and well balanced acidity, silky tannins integrated its end pleasing and long with good persistence.

Vinyes Altes  2007, was the wine that filled the evening, a wine made from Carignan and Grenache from old vines on the hillside, with a yield of less than 1 kg. production, per vine, a wine of profound expression, brightly, powerful aromas of ripe red and black fruits, very powerful on the palate with a pleasant touch of acidity, very complex palate with mineral notes, roasted, spicy and very soothing, ideal for special occasions and to be great with your guests. A wine made to please everyone, even those who do not know how to appreciate technical differences verify that is a great wine.

Of course, all this magic would not be possible without the 'terroir' that survive on these plants, work in the field, where plants are pampered almost one by one, the climate, the absolutely handicraft production, breeding and unhurried, the art of Dominic and Paco  transmits in the wine its character and love of making things well, live and wine they produce and with the hope that increasingly exceed these fabulous wines. Thank you for your hospitality.

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