Black Slate Porrera is made by Mas den Compte - one of the oldest grape-growing families in the Priorat. The Sangenis family had historically sold the entirety of their production to the local coop until 1995 when they formed a new company, Mas den Compte, to bottle wine under their own name. Now, young Joan Sangenis manages the estate. In a region where almost everyone has a few vines over 50 years old, the Sangenis familys entire vineyard is practically this old, with several small parcels of 100+ year old vines of Grenache and Carignan. This old vine material means that yields are extremely low and concentration is quite high.
Tasting Notes Deep ruby. Vibrant aromas of raspberry, cherry, Asian spices, minerals and fresh flowers. Silky and graceful but at the same time sharply focused, offering sweet red fruit flavors and no obvious tannins. -International Wine Cellar
Varieties: 60% Garnatxa, 40% Carinena
Age of Vines: 60-100 years old
Aging: 12 months in 2 year old barrels
Rating: 93 WA 92rr
This harsh, hilly area southwest of Barcelona is gaining a lot of attention for its newly resurrected vines. Volcanic soil and severe weather result in rich, powerful red wines, made primarily from Garnacha and Carignan grapes, and they are high in tannin and alcohol. Grape yields are low, and as a result prices can be quite high.