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Priorat Wine Spain

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Tiny and entirely composed of craggy, jagged and deeply terraced vineyards, Priorat is a Catalan wine-producing region that was virtually abandoned until the early 1990s. Its renaissance came with the arrival of one man, René Barbier, who recognized the region’s forgotten potential. He banded with five friends to create five “Clos” in the village of Gratallops. Their aim was to revive some of Priorat’s ancient Carignan vines, as well as plant new—mainly French—varieties. These winemakers were technically skilled, well-trained and locally inspired; not surprisingly their results were a far cry from the few rustic and overly fermented wines already produced.

This movement escalated Priorat’s popularity for a few reasons. Its new wines were modern and made with well-recognized varieties, namely old Carignan and Grenache blended with Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. When the demand arrived, scarcity commanded higher prices and as the region discovered its new acclaim, investors came running from near and far. Within ten years, the area under vine practically doubled.

Priorat’s steep slopes of licorella (brown and black slate) and quartzite soils, protection from the cold winds of the Siera de Monstant and a lack of water, leading to incredibly low vine yields, all work together to make the region’s wines unique. While similar blends could and are produced elsewhere, the mineral essence and unprecedented concentration of a Priorat wine is unmistakable.

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  • Celler Cal Pla Black Slate Porrera 2016 Front Label
    Celler Cal Pla Black Slate Porrera 2016
    Other Red Blends from Priorat, Spain
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    • RP92
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  • Mas Doix Salanques 2016  Front Label
    Mas Doix Salanques 2016
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  • Clos i Terrasses Laurel 2016  Front Label
    Clos i Terrasses Laurel 2016
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  • Celler Cecilio Black Slate Gratallops 2016 Front Label
    Celler Cecilio Black Slate Gratallops 2016
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  • Bodegas Mas Alta Black Slate La Vilella Alta 2016 Front Label
    Bodegas Mas Alta Black Slate La Vilella Alta 2016
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  • Clos i Terrasses Clos Erasmus 2016  Front Label
    Clos i Terrasses Clos Erasmus 2016
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