2015 Terroir Al Limit Priorat Pedra de Guix Blanc

Year: 2015
Appellation: Priorat
Country: Spain
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 95
James Suckling: 97
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
Price :
$49.95

HUGE PRICE REDUCTION!! WAS $90-$100 JUICE, NOW $49.95!

"This rich white offers baked apple, toasted almond and candied ginger flavors, but stays firm and lively, thanks to orange peel acidity and light tannins. Spicy and long. Pedro Ximénez, Macabeo and Garnatxa Blanca. Drink now. 51 cases imported. -TM" (WS)

"The white 2015 Pedra de Guix is a blend of one-third each of Pedro Ximénez, Garnacha Blanca and Macabeo from old vines on different soils and different villages. There is always a touch of skin contact and some controlled oxidation in the whites here, as it gives them character. The whites here also have the structure to stand up to food—they are more food wines than refreshing whites, even if they are fresh. This is ripe and open but very precise, and it seems to have better delineation. The palate is dry and shows some austerity. It has beautiful flintstone notes and a salinity that give it freshness and character. For Dominik Huber, it's a wine that shows a side of Priorat that is not easy to show with reds. Each grape aged separately in 500-liter oak barrels, and the blend had a further 12 months in foudre before it was bottled. 4,600 bottles were filled in May 2017.

I tasted mostly wines from 2015, which seems like a great year; for proprietor Dominik Huber, it is a combination of the experience of the team and the work in the vineyards. The wines seem to be going from strength to strength, with great definition, delineation and freshness, more transparent to the terroir, more about the place than the varietal—even achieving beautiful floral aromas in the Cariñena, a grape often considered rustic. Not here. But this time the high-altitude Garnacha on clay and limestone soils really stole the show... And it seems like 2016, a cooler vintage, could be even stronger based on what I saw in the entry-level wines that were already bottled.

They have also started a new project in the neighboring Montsant, the first vintage of which will be 2017. I tasted some samples, both white and red, including a very promising Garnacha. I'll keep you posted." (WA)

"This wine shows a beautiful density and freshness with waxy, dried apple and honey notes. Full body, dense and very structured with a dried fruit and salty finish that is long and intense. Layered and beautiful. More like a red than a white. Serious. Full white Burgundy combined with sherry treatment in ageing. 5,000 bottles made." (JS)

Winery Notes:
While Dominik Huber produces two white wines at Terroir al Limit, they are made quite differently. Dominik refers to Pedra de Guix as his “oxidative” white, while Terra de Cuques is his “skin contact” white. Guix is a blend of old-vines of: Pedro Ximenez on clay soils, Macabeu on alluvial soils and Garnatxa Blanca on schist. After harvesting these varieties by hand they are brought to the cellar and placed in a basket press where they are gently pressed, over the course of several hours, into neutral 500L French oak demi-muids. After primary fermentation the demi-muids containing Macabeu and Garnatxa Blanca are topped-up while the PX demi-muid is not topped-up so either flor or a controlled oxidation can occur. After 12 months the wine is blended and aged several additional months in a Stockinger foudre.