2014 Black Slate "Escala Dei" Vi de la Vila Priorat
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The joint venture between Jordi Vidal and US importer Eric Solomon also produced a custom red, which is the 2014 Black Slate Scala Dei. It is a blend of 90% Garnacha with 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and a 2% pinch of Cariñena. The grapes were harvested at different times and fermented separately in stainless steel and oak vats. The Garnacha matured in 5,000-liter oak vats and the rest in barrique for some 18 months. It's floral and portrays a chalky soil character from the higher altitude parts of the hamlet of Scala Dei, a feature that makes the wines very distinct. The color is a bright, light ruby, and the nose shows that same brightness. There is very good balance and elegance, with subtle minerality.
An elegant blend of Grenache and Carignane from vines up to 100 years old, grown in the foothills of the Montsant mountains. Wine Advocate on this exciting project from importer Eric Solomon: "Black Slate is a project from US importer Eric Solomon who works with different producers across Priorat to create a range of wines that show the character of the different Priorat villages at affordable prices. Each wine belongs to the winery that produces it and they are all village wines that carry the name of the village.... La Conreria de Scala Dei produces a couple of custom cuvées for American importer Eric Solomon, sold under the brand Black Slate. They are one of two wineries in the tiny village of Scaladei (it's not really a village, it belongs to La Morera de Montsant) the place where it all started centuries ago with the Carthusian monks in the Scala Dei monastery." (06/2015)