Black Slate Porrera Priorat
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The village red 2016 Black Slate Porrera is a blend of 50% Garnacha, 40% Cariñena and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon from a balanced year. It fermented in stainless steel and concrete vats with selected yeasts and matured in 225- and 300-liter oak barrels for 12 months. The nose is somewhat reminiscent of a classical Cornas—meaty and a bit wild, with a strong granite-like sensation (even if the soil is slate and so is the name of the wine!). It's a big wine but has the kind of freshness you can get with the low pH in Priorat if you don't over-ripen, over-extract and over-oak... So, it can be done, as you can see here. 35,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in June 2018.