2014 Celler Cal Pla "Black Slate" Porrera Priorat

SKU #1319014 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Part of the collection from different villages from Priorat, Cellar Cal Pla produced a 2014 Black Slate Porrera, which is a blend of 50% Garnacha with 40% Cariñena and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a village wine from 20- to 30-year-old vines on slate soils fermented in stainless steel and concrete vats and matured in 225- and 300-liter oak barrels (80% French oak, 20% Hungarian) for one year. The nose is beautiful, combining violets, a hint of beef blood, something ashy and an organic, soil note, developing a smoky bacon twist with time in the glass. The palate shows good integration of the oak, better than in the majority of wines from this winery. Beautiful flowers appear with time and made me go back to the glass again and again. (LG)  (10/2016)

K&L Notes

Located in one of the main production zones in Priorat, the beautiful village of Porrera, Celler Cal Pla (also known as Mas d'en Compte) produces fine Priorats based on the local Garnacha and Carinena grapes. Black slate is a special blend and label for the importer, and as usual it over delivers for the price.

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Staff Image By: Joe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/29/2017 | Send Email
Fantastic Priorat with a stellar under-$20 price point to match! A classic blend of Garnacha and Cariñena with a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon added for body and texture. The nose is layered, with dark berry and Bing cherry notes moving towards wet stones, dried herbs, and jerky. There is a floral component as well, with the most obvious being fresh violets. Impressively fresh on the palate, with plum, sour cherry, and mineral notes being the most upfront flavors. Tannins are silky and integrated. Drinking well now, and will continue to do so over the next 5-10 years.

Staff Image By: Chantel Carroll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/26/2017 | Send Email
This wine come from grapes grown on a steep hillside at about 1000 feet in elevation. It is beautiful and powerful. This Priorat is composed of Garnacha, Carinena, and a small portion of Cabernet Sauvignon. The nose is very generous, showing violets, berries, anise and smoky bacon. The wine is rich with minerality and texture from the volcanic soil. The tannins are silky and the oak is well incorporated. A fantastic price at $17.99!

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/18/2017 | Send Email
Black Slate continues to be as delicious a bottling of sub $20 Priorat as we've been able to find. Every year we taste several different "vi de vila," or village bottlings, of Black Slate and pick our favorite. The Porrera bottling often times leads the pack, and it once again does so for me in 2014. Loads of spicy dark cherry confit aromas, with hints of wild thyme and warm, parched earth, lead to savory flavors, with impressive mid palate intensity, minerality and freshness. And it's the freshness which to me continues to mark many of the best 2013 and 2014 vintage Priorats I have tasted. This is a great bottle of Priorat for the price! Load up, since we bought everything we could and it might well be all that's available of this tasty vintage.

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Other Red Wines

Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

Priorato

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5