Black Slate 2013 is Awesome!

Black Slate 2013

Black Slate 2013 from the village of Porrera in the Priorat of Spain

Mas d’en Compte Black Slate – Porrera Priorat 2013

If you regularly read GCV, you know that I love wines from the Priorat and Montsant regions of Spain. It is mostly Garnacha (Grenache) and Carignane that grows in this winegrowing area of Spain’s Catalonia. The Black Slate wines are a series of yearly imports from Eric Solomon. Solomon seeks out special vineyards from small wineries in the Priorat to make a wine reflective of the terroir of the famed black slate soil of the region. He looks for a price point of around $20, hoping to interest wine drinkers in discovering the Priorat. This current vintage is amazing. I rank it at 92 Points. Robert Parker gives it 95 points. Pop this wine open and let it breathe for at least one hour and/or run it through an aerator. What you will find is a big, gorgeous nose with floral notes, spice and dark fruit. The aroma is enticing!

soil Priorat

A great cross-section view of the Black Slate soil in the Priorat

The Black Slate is 60% Garnacha and 40% Carignane. It’s an elegant wine, but robust in flavors and style. The finish is beautiful. It’s definitely reminiscent of wines from Châteauneuf-du-Pape. If you like Châteauneuf wines, the Black Slate will delight you. What a steal at $19.99! It easily drinks like a wine twice that price. Buy one to try and then more to store for at least one year before you drink and share the wine with others. It will be even better. Parker says the Black Slate will age 5 to 8 years. The Mas d’en Compte Black Slate – Porrera deserves a beautiful piece of red meat, either from the grill or roasted in the oven. I purchased this wine at K&L Wines for $19.99  and I expect that it will go fast. Check the KL Wines Website for more on this wine and to check the inventory at their stores.

On our Priorat road trip in 2013

On our Priorat road trip in 2013

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