It's back. Due to a supplier change, this red has been missing for at least 6 months and that's much too long a wait for many of us. Just as before, it does not disappoint. Priorat, just a 2 hour drive south of Barcelona, is well worth exploring.
"92 POINTS". The Wine Advocate Oct 2016 #227. $24.99.
"The 2014 Black Slate Porrera, which is a blend of 50% Garnacha with 40% Cariñena and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a village wine from 20- to 30-year-old vines on slate soils. The nose is beautiful, combining violets, developing a smoky bacon twist with time in the glass. The palate shows good integration of the oak, better than in the majority of wines from this winery. Beautiful flowers appear with time and made me go back to the glass again and again."
The village of Porrera is located in the southwestern corner of the Priorat and is the largest of the 12 villages of the zone. Written records of a town (Valporrieram) in this location date to the beginning of the 12th century and the succeeding years encompass a long tradition of anti-clerical and anti-authoritarian local spirit – so much so that the town has been destroyed three times by invading forces. Yet despite these setbacks, Porrera continued to thrive, especially with the rebirth of the Priorat as a major wine producing area.
Joan Sangenís is descended from eight generations of unruly locals who farmed various crops in Porrera. His family first started making wine in 1814 and until 1996 they sold their wines in bulk to the residents of the village. The Sangenís family farms 50 acres of vines located around Porrera. Their oldest vines of Garnatxa Negra and Carinyena are located in the famed Mas d’En Caçador vineyard – arguably the Grand Cru of the village. The remaining vines vary in age from 15 to 80 years old. Farming is done organically, which may sound easy in such a warm and dry climate until you see the incline of some of their sites – here any kind of farming is arduous.