2015 Black Slate "Porrera" Priorat SKU #1382743

Price: $15.99

JD 93 RP 91
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  • Elsa Baez
    By: Elsa Baez
    K&L Staff Member
    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!
  • Kaj Stromer
    By: Kaj Stromer
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Will Blakely
    By: Will Blakely
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    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!
  • Trey Beffa
    By: Trey Beffa
    K&L Staff Member
    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!
  • Christina Stanley
    By: Christina Stanley
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    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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