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.
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)
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