2015 Black Slate "Porrera" Priorat

SKU #1382743 93 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Made from very old vine Carinena and Garnacha, the 2015 Black Slate Porrera is part of the “Vi de la Vila” (village appellation) series from the Priorat that was created by Eric Solomon. Coming from the easternmost village of the region, and one which enjoys cooler temperatures due to its high altitude and canyon-like topography, it has beautiful complexity in its ripe red and black fruits, dried flowers, dried earth and mineral aromas and flavors. Possessing medium to full-bodied richness, a layered, ripe, yet fresh profile, and a great finish, it’s a screaming deal. Drink it over the coming 4-6 years. The wine is made by Joan Sangenis of Mas d’en Compte, whose family are the largest vineyard owners in Porrera and who have been wine growers for generations.  (2/2018)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Black Slate Porrera is a custom blend of 60% Garnacha, 35% Cariñena and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon from younger and older vines on slate soils. It's a ripe and heady village red that is part of a collection of village wines from Priorat produced by different wineries in conjunction with US importer Eric Solomon. It fermented in stainless steel and concrete vats for 25 days and matured in 225- and 300-liter oak barrels for 12 months. The wine has a traditional profile, with ripe fruit and noticeable impact from the oak, following the house style. The palate is medium to full-bodied with some dusty tannins and an earthy finish. (LG)  (4/2018)

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By: Elsa Baez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/23/2018 | Send Email
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There is so much going on with this Priorat! It’s dark fruit upfront on the palate, subtle hints of chocolate and coffee on the nose, with cassis and spice from the oak on the finish. Perfect choice for BBQ meats!

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/18/2018 | Send Email
One really has to laugh when you taste the wine and look at the price. How do they do it?! Regardless, you need to run, not walk, to grab some of this ASAP. The wine is wildly aromatic on the nose with all kinds of spice and dark fruits. It’s an inky dark little beast but perfectly balanced on the palate. I could drink several glasses of this and not get bored. I can see serving this with hearty dishes like cassoulet or a hearty stews. This is an amazing value.

By: Will Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/18/2018 | Send Email
True to its name, the Black Slate opens with dark, dense aromas - mocha and cassis. On the palate, however, it shows supple texture and plush fruit, in addition to well-integrated tannin and spice from the oak influence. Boasting tremendous conentration for a wine at this price, it should please the palate of new-world wine drinkers while still offering classic Priorat richness balanced by savory tones from the Cariñena. Overall, a tremendous value for a wine with exceptional pedigree.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/17/2018 | Send Email
The color and density of this wine are as "black" as the slate that this comes from. A generous and Priorato with flavors of candied fig, roasted plum and savory spices that delivers layer upon layer of flavor. Plenty of juicy acidity keeps the wine from being heavy on the palate and should give the wine lots of cellaring potential. But why wait, if you don't have to. This is dynamite right now!

By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/17/2018 | Send Email
Talk about bang for your buck! The Black Slate offers tremendous value for its $16 price point. There is quite a lot to like with this wine - Loaded with ripe cassis and blackberry fruit, hints of spicy cola, mocha and a rich mouthwatering texture that lingers on to the finish. Great BBQ pick!

By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/16/2018 | Send Email
Vinified from organically farmed Garnatxa, Carinyena and Cabernet Sauvignon vines planted at 300-500 meters, Black Slate Porrera Priorat is fresh, well balanced and polished. The wine is aged a year in neutral French and Hungarian oak, which allows the natural depth of the ripe fruit to show through. Tart fruit aromas of fresh cranberry and red currant contrast with darker, riper flavors of damson plum, blackberry and cassis. A subtly herbaceous heat lifts the fruit out of the glass and sustains the palate to a long, stony, mineral finish.

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/16/2018 | Send Email
Our second, less expensive Black Slate bottling, this is primarily Garnacha blended with Carinena, showcasing the strong, generously structured 2015 vintage, as well as the village of Porrera, with its relatively cooler temperature and decidedly fresher evenings to to its eastern position in Priorat. Aromas and flavors of red plum confit show a combination of richness and balanced bright acidity, as well as a gentle, underlying savory wild thyme quality that speaks to the personality of the Priorat.

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/16/2018 | Send Email
This is a serious wine with plenty to ponder over for only $16. Very dark fruit dominates and the mouthfeel is soft, but lifted and medium bodied. Priorat is well-known for producing richer, more fruit-forward wines, but this example from one of the cooler towns also brings structure and life. It's pretty rare to be able to do a multi-village comparison from an area like this, but we are fortunate enough to be able to carry a couple examples of this from Priorat. Try this and the 2016 Black Slate "Escala Dei" Vi de la Vila Priorat side by side for a fun tasting.

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