2013 Terroir al Limit "Terra de Cuques" Priorat Blanc (Previously $45)

SKU #1252118 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The third edition of this white, 2013 Terra de Cuques, comes from a late vintage when the grapes had the chance to ripen slowly and perfectly in a very long harvest (from the end of August until the second half of November!). It is a blend of Pedro Ximénez and Moscatel from chalk and slate soils respectively. This wine has definitively grown up in this vintage and feels more serious and mineral than previous editions. As most, if not all wines here, it fermented with full-clusters and indigenous yeasts and the wine matured in tank for 18 months before bottling. Putting my nose in the glass made me think of a serious Sancerre, with a super mineral side and also something herbal and balsamic, with some bay leaf and hints of mistletoe; Dominik tells me some people mention basil leaves too. You do not feel the varieties at all. The Pedro Ximenez was brought to the region by Andalusian workers in the lead mines and they planted it in chalky soils that were really like the albariza soils from Jerez. He's using less and less Moscatel (no more than 10% of Muscat from Porrera on slate soils by the river, but harvested very early). The palate is really straight and with high minerality, vertical with great acidity. (LG)  (6/2015)

K&L Notes

Based in the village of Torroja, Terroir al Limit represents the vanguard in a newly energized Priorat. Proprietor Dominik Huber produces bright, expressive, mineral-drenched wines that are powerful and representative of Priorat, yet somehow altogether something different due to their acidity and relatively lighter, more tense style. These are wines made from grapes picked on the earlier side, that are fermented with whole clusters and then allowed to age in concrete and/or foudres - unlike many others in the region Terroir al Limit prefers these vessels to stainless steel and 225 liter barrels. These wines are exciting and a revelation for what is possible in one of Spain's most beautiful and difficult regions to cultivate grapes in Priorat.

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Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/17/2017 | Send Email
Terroir al Limit is one of my favorite wineries in Priorat, and their white wines are particularly intriguing. The “Terra de Cuques” is a blend of Pedro Ximenez and Muscat de Alexandria, macerated on the skins for 15 days, and then aged in concrete. The wine certainly has a forward, honeyed-floral aromatic quality, but is very full and textured on the palate, with striking acidity and plenty of weight. This is a very serious white wine, and built to age.

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Spain

- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.
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Priorato