Part of the Black Slate label that focused on the different villages of Priorat, the 2015 Black Slate La Vilella Alta is a blend of 39% Cariñena, 23% Garnacha, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Syrah and Merlot that spent 14 months in 30% new French oak, with a good portion of the blend brought up all in concrete. Incredible notes of blackcurrants, wood smoke, iris flowers, chocolate, and obvious minerality all emerge from this full-bodied, beautifully pure, elegant red that knocks it out of the park on the value front. You just don’t find this level of quality at this price point anywhere in the wine world today. There’s roughly 2,400 cases and readers should not miss this sensational wine.
The custom cuvée 2015 Black Slate la Vilella Alta is a generous blend of 50% Garnacha, 30% Cariñena and 10% each Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah from purchased grapes and their own grapes on slate soils. It fermented in concrete vats after careful sorting to avoid grapes that would show the excess of the vintage in heat and drought, and then it matured in oak barrels for 16 months. This is quite modern, spicy with notes of cinnamon and vanilla, quite showy, developing balsamic aromas of cigar ash. There are some dusty tannins and plenty of spicy and smoky flavors. 15.5% alcohol. 21,170 bottles produced. It was bottled in July 2017. (LG)
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