Celler Cal Pla, Mas d’En Compte, DOQ Priorat, Catalonia, Spain 2008
A blend of old vines – 60% carignan 35% grenache and 5% cabernet sauvignon; fermented in stainless steel for 3 weeks, then 14 months ageing in new Allier oak. Natural cork closure, 14.5% abv, Weavers, £32
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity garnet, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, pronounced intensity, fully developed, with aromas of rich barnyard, dark cherry jam, stewed blackcurrant, stewed red plum, deeply scented peony, tarry liquorice, black cherry boiled sweets, sweet dark tobacco and rich spices, with a faint woody note.
Palate: a dry wine, medium acidity, smooth well-integrated medium (-) tannins, high alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity, a seemingly sweet entry and mid-palate, with slightly high-toned flavours of over-ripe blackcurrant and black cherry jam, stewed red plum, sweet liquorice, dark chocolate and rich spices. A long length with a clean rich ripe black cherried finish, and a low-key grip.
Quality: an outstanding quality wine, fully developed with intense concentrated rich dark fruit and tertiary liquoricey and tobacco notes. A perfectly balanced sum of acidity and well-integrated tannins for the alcohol and rich flavour intensity. A good, but not outstanding level of complexity, all following through to the long smooth rich and soft finish.
Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: this wine is ready now, fully developed, with perfect balance and lots of concentrated rich evolved fruit and advanced tertiary character, suggesting hold for 2-3 years but will not improve.