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2017 Black Slate "Gratallops" Priorat

SKU #1416996 95 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2017 Black Slate Gratallops Vi De La Vila comes from a warmer region in the Priorat and has a more powerful, ripe, opulent style compared to the Porrera cuvée, which comes from a cooler region. A huge nose of mulled cherries, dried earth, spice, and dusty pebble-like minerality gives way to a medium to full-bodied Priorat that has ripe tannins, an opulent, sexy texture, and a great finish. It’s another wine from Solomon that has classic Priorat character, is impeccably balanced, and drinks way above its humble price point. Don’t miss it! The blend is 58% Grenache, 32% Carignan, and 10% Syrah, aged 12 months in 20% new French oak. (JD) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

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By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/19/2020 | Send Email
Wow! That's Priorat! First two things that jumped to my mind when sniffing this new black slate offering. The nose is complex and pure, a heady and powerful combination of mixed red and dark fruits, fine spice, and minerality. I love this wine just for the nose but then once you take your first sip the rug gets taken out from underneath you. Wow! This wine is rich, full and mouth-filling. It is almost overwhelming but then the tannins step in and gently take control. They steer all of that amazing fruit across your palate giving you a further chance to luxuriate in it while giving you a chance to notice that fine spice and minerality. Gratallops has been claimed to be one of the best terroirs for Priorat. Not the coolest, nor the warmest of the Vi de Vila villages, with lots of that famous llicorella slate. The ideal location for making wines with power, intensity, and restraint. This wine gives you the complexity and the power that you expect from a wine at twice this price. What a wine. Wow!

By: John Sumners | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/18/2020 | Send Email
Jammy purple and black fruit give an explosive impression right off the bat. Melted licorice, violets, rosemary, and clove-centric spice add to the package. While certainly not shy with the fruit on the palate, there's a fine sense of freshness and structure to reign in the richness. This is a lot of wine for the money and would be a fine choice for those looking for food-worthy bigger reds. Leg of lamb would make an obviously great companion.

By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/18/2020 | Send Email
The Black Slate series continues to grow in reputation around here, regularly over performing in so many ways. Rosemary, licorice and autumn spice with blackberry and salal are all floated on a velvet frame, with the greystone notes in the core just peeping through. This is classic Priorat, get some.

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