2021 Terroir al Limit Priorat Historic Negre
Terroir al Limit is Dominik Huber's hommage to the wines of Priorat before Wine Critics from the 90's were chasing high-octane wines. His restrained approach to winemaking has resulted in wines that speak more of finesse, purity, and freshness, showing that Priorat wines do not have to be heavy, thick, and oaky. The use of high-altitude, old-vine plots allows him to harvest ripe fruit with maximum freshness, coupled with the use of whole-bunch fermentation, Huber’s wines have an almost Burgundian-like shape and structure, generating vibrancy and succulence.
The Historic Negre is a 75% Grenache and 25% Carignan cuveé, roughly the same blend as would have been used here generations ago. The grapes are fermented as whole clusters with indigenous yeast, and then aged for six months in a 5000-litre concrete tank. The style is juicy, lifted, and enticing, with floral tones over cherry fruit, subtle spice, and earthy, smoky tones.
A delicious and extremely drinkable Priorat with a chalky and peppery note to the wild cranberries, strawberries, licorice and orange peel. Fresh and medium-bodied with silky tannins and a juicy berry-fruited finish. Delicious now, so why wait?
The red 2021 Terroir Históric has moderate ripeness and 13.5% alcohol from a slightly cooler year that resulted in a tighter wine that is a little closed. It was bottled a little earlier with good freshness, more vertical and a little reticent but with balance. It has purity and is clean, with fine tannins. It aged exclusively in stainless steel (in the past they used concrete). It's medium-bodied, fresh and easy to drink.
Luis Gutiérrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate