Celler Cal Pla, Porrera, DOQ Priorat, Catalonia, Spain 2011
Natural cork closure, 14.5% abv, Weavers, £16.65
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas of a low-key sulphurous note, then slightly high-toned ripe black cherry, black berry, black fruit boiled sweets, meaty like uncooked liver or uncooked steak, and a low-key woody note.
Palate: a dry wine, medium acidity, medium fine-grained well-integrated tannins, medium (+) alcohol and a medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity, a smooth texture with a rich sweet mid-palate, with flavours of sweet ripe black cherry and black berry, warm black cherry jam, black fruit boiled sweets, a low-key note of bloody red meat and liquorice. A medium (+) length with a clean lightly grippy black fruited finish.
Quality: a very good quality wine, with lots of rich ripe black fruit, lots of intensity and concentration of flavour, following into the slightly disappointing length. Acidity plus well-integrated tannins are a match for the flavour intensity, but with a low-level of complexity, and a little evolution, with boiled sweet, liquorice and woody notes.
Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: this wine is ready now. There is good balance, a good concentration of fruity flavours, little complexity though some signs of tertiary evolution, but overall with no great prospect for improvement, suggesting hold for 2-3 years but will not improve.