The wine offers round and approachable notes of ripe dark fruit with hints of smoke and graphite. Tightly knit tannins are nicely integrated with acidity on the persistent finish.
Wine Advocate 90 points - The 2011 Clos del Portal Negre de Negres has a perfumed, fragrant nose of ripe black and blue fruits over a mineral layer of earthy notes (slate, vegetal coal) and hints of black spices from the 12 months in oak barrels. The palate is medium to full-bodied showing good integration of the oak, with some spiciness over juicy ripe fruit flavors, enough acidity and good tension and clarity. Drink 2014-2021.
Clos del Portal is located in the Priorat region of Spain, nestled between El Lloar and Bellmunt. The vineyards are planted above the Siurana river and rise to the spurs of the Montsant mountains. Owner Alfredo Arribas fell in love with the rugged terrain of this region and in 2001 bought 90 acres, to which he planted vines on 34 acres. The estate vineyard is a connected patchwork of individual parcels which have been divided based on soil composition, exposition and terrain. The soils at the estate are mineral rich, but it is the different proportions of oxidized slate and other compounds in each parcel that lend complexity and elegance to the final cuvee. The estate is planted to five varietals Grenache (five different clones); Carignan, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Monastrell. The fruit is hand-harvested and sorted in the vineyard. The estate is organically farmed and Alfredo is in the process of transitioning to biodynamics. Each parcel is vinified separately the grapes are cold macerated for short periods of time to minimize the potential for over extraction.
|Early ripening bunches of Grenache, Carignan, Cabernet and Syrah were picked in September and aged for 12 months in French oak.