94 Points - Wine Advocate
93 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Red capsule (equivalent of 1er Cru level). L'Arbossar is a steep, north-facing vineyard of 90-year-old Cariñena (Carignan) with schist and granite soils near the village of Torroja where the Terroir Al Límit cellars are situated. Against conventional wisdom, L'Arbossar was planted on the cooler, north-facing slopes of Torroja. It was this unusual site that informed much of Huber's early experience with the terroir of Priorat. As Luis Gutiérrez confirms it's always a "fresher and more floral style" than the corresponding Dits del Terra, the latter from the south-facing slopes. Both wines are made in the same fashion: 100% whole-bunch vinification with wild yeasts and raised for 16 months in a combination of concrete and large-format, neutral oak.
Vi de Coster. L'Arbossar is an expression of three sites on granite/schist soils, which were planted 90 years ago, against conventional wisdom, on the north-facing slopes of Torroja. It was these Cariñena sites that informed much of Huber's early experience with Priorat terroir. Although it suggests origins in a much cooler region in northern Europe, there is still no issue with ripeness here. It has more fleshy depth than the 2010 but the results are equally impressive; crushed blackberry and blueberries, smoke and complex, rocky aromas and flavours, lovely seductive fruit purity in the mouth with a sinewy and muscular, mineral finish. A cracking wine. The 2011 L'Arbossar is a great example of how Carinena is able to deal with the heat of a vintage like 2011 on schist soils. It has notes of red fruit, citric (orange rind) and some malty, subtle smoky aromas, riper and fuller than the 2010 L'Arbossar. The palate is medium-bodied, vertical, fresh and pungent. A great Carinena, and a superb showing... 94 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate #211
Heady, complex aromas of cherry compote, blackberry, dark chocolate, incense and smoky minerals. Ripe, densely packed and sweet, with intense, surprisingly lively flavors of black and blue fruits, cracked pepper and candied flowers. Silky tannins gain strength on the finish, which shows impressive energy and spicy persistence. 93 points, Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar,
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