Jeb Dunnuck: Portfolio Tasting with Claude Gros

In February 2023, Jeb Dunnuck, tasted a great number of wines which are supervised by consultant winemaker, Claude Gros, including the Herència Altés range. These are the results of the tasting:


Herència Altés La Serra Blanc 2020

The 2020 Terra Alta La Serra Blanca also has a Riesling-like sense of minerality and subtle diesel notes as well as crisp apple and a touch of nutty, spicy notes. As with all the wines here, it's impeccably made, has a vibrant, balanced texture, integrated acidity, and a great finish. This beauty comes from 100% Grenache Blanc vines over 100 years in age. It's a prodigious white to drink over the coming 4-5 years. - 08/02/2023

Herència Altés Benufet 2022

The 2022 Terra Alta Benufet Blanca is even more mineral-driven and has a liquid rock/limestone-like character in its bright citrus, tart peach, and green almond-driven aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, bright, and vibrant on the palate, it's a gorgeous white that readers will love. I like it today, yet it should hold nicely for 3-4 years, and I certainly wouldn't be surprised to see it evolve even longer. 08/02/2023

Herència Altés La Musaranya 2022

Honeyed lime, peach, exotic flowers, and chalky minerality (even a hint of Riesling-like petrol) all emerge from the 2022 Terra Alta La Musaranya Blanca, a medium-bodied, nicely balanced, concentrated white based on 100% Grenache Blanc. It's not yet bottled, but this will be terrific. - 08/02/2023

Herència Altés Garnatxa Blanca 2022

All Grenache Blanc, the 2022 Terra Alta Garnatxa Blanca has a medium-bodied, round, enjoyable style as well as some peach and orange blossom notes, a touch of salty minerality, and a good finish. - 08/02/2023


Herència Altés Trementinaire 2020

Another orange wine from this estate, the 2020 Terra Alta Trementenaire (Orange) has some spiced citrus, kumquat, and orange blossom aromatics to go with a medium-bodied style on the palate. It has some background oak, plenty of mid-palate depth, and a great finish. It's geared for the dinner table, and I'd guess it will be best drunk in its youth. - 08/02/2023

Herència Altés Llunari 2022

Not yet bottled, the 100% Grenache Blanc is a clean, balanced, medium-bodied orange wine that has solid peach and orange blossom aromatics, nicely integrated acidity, and a dry, classy finish that brings some structure and an almost red wine-like sense of structure. - 08/02/2023


Herència Altés La Tarentina 2022

The light pink-hued 2022 Terra Alta La Tarentina rosé is reminiscent of a classy Côtes de Provence with its light strawberry and cherry fruit as well as medium-bodied, fresh, vibrant style on the palate. - 08/02/2023


Herència Altés Lo Grau de l'Inquisidor 2020

Even better, the 2020 Terra Alta Lo Grau De L'Inquisidor is also all Syrah from a single vineyard that was destemmed and aged 28 months in barrel. Blackberries, raspberries, graphite, ground pepper, and a kiss of iron all define the aromatics, and it's a broader, more concentrated wine than the 2019. The tannins are absolutely brilliant, and this is an incredible Syrah that I suspect will evolve for a decade. - 08/02/2023

Herència Altés Lo Grau de l'Inquisidor 2019

All Syrah, the 2019 Terra Alta Lo Grau De L'Inquisidor is a more focused, precise effort that brings medium to full-bodied richness as well as darker berry fruits, some smoky, meaty, peppery aromatics, integrated oak, and ripe tannins. It's seriously good. - 08/02/2023

Herència Altés L'Estel 2020

The 2020 Terra Alta L'Estel checks in as 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah, and the rest Carignan, from a mix of sites but primarily older vines. Blackberries, darker raspberries, spice, and peppery notes, as well as some chalky minerality, all emerge from this medium-bodied, seamless, beautifully balanced red. I love its purity of fruit, it has fine tannins, and a terrific sense of elegance. Drink bottles over the coming 5-7 years. - 08/02/2023

Herència Altés La Xalamera 2020

The 2020 Terra Alta La Xalamera has a slightly closed, reductive, yet incredibly promising style. Black raspberries, dried flowers, baking spices, and pepper all emerge on the nose, and it's medium-bodied, with a balanced, nicely layered mouthfeel, integrated acidity, and a great finish. - 08/02/2023

Herència Altés La Pilosa 2021

Lots of raspberries, strawberries, spice, and ground pepper notes emerge from the 2021 Terra Alta La Pilosa, another Pinot Noir-like Grenache that's medium-bodied, fresh, and juicy, with subtly carbonic-like character. It too will drink well for 4-6 years or so, at a minimum. - 08/02/2023

Herència Altés Garnatxa Negra 2022

The value-priced 2022 Terra Alta Garnatxa Negra is a pretty, medium-bodied, elegant, Pinot Noir-like expression of Grenache that has strawberry and raspberry fruits, some peppery herb and floral nuances, nicely integrated acidity, and a clean, lengthy finish. Made from 100% Garnatxa Negra that was only 50% destemmed, it has lots to love and should evolve for 4-5 years or so. - 08/02/2023