2011 Bodegas Mas Alta Priorat Black Slate La Vilella Alta

2011 La Viella Alta94 POINTS the RHONE REPORT!     only  $26
“Even more impressive and the largest scaled of the Black Slate lineup, the 2011 Bodegas Mas Alta Priorat Black Slate La Vilella Alta is a blend of 60% Garnacha 35% Carignan, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon that spent 12 months in French oak barrels. Voluptuous, sweetly fruited, and downright decadent, it boasts awesome aromatics of kirsch liqueur, chocolate, liquid mineral, and baking spices to go with a full-bodied, rounded, supple feel in the mouth. No light weight, with layers of fruit and texture, it stays remarkable fresh and clean on the finish. Count me a fan.
“Based in the traditional village of Vilella Alta, BODEGAS MAS ALTA is the culmination of five Belgian partners’ common desire to produce a great wine. This dream is now taking shape thanks to the advice of Michel Tardieu and Philippe Cambie, and as the result of the work done by a passionate team every day.
Choice of vineyard is crucial for the production of highly expressive wines that combine character and elegance. We have planted some 35 hectares of vines since 1999 on land classified as being part of the DOQ PRIORAT, carefully selecting the plots in so doing. In fact most of our vineyard is planted at altitude, on slate. Depending on the plot’s characteristics, we either plant varieties traditional to this region – carignan and grenache – or varieties such as cabernet sauvignon or shiraz. These young vines, whose potential quality is already very promising, represent the future of BODEGAS MAS ALTA: We also purchase grapes from local winegrowers, often from the village, to make our wines. These winegrowers are the custodians of Priorat’s traditional heritage.
In fact the essence of our vintages – old vines – comes from these winegrowers. Vines aged 50 years and more naturally produce fewer grapes, the first step towards quality wine…
Their deep, well-established roots thus enable them to achieve full maturity, consistency, less dependence on climatic conditions. It is without question the ultimate, pure expression of the terroir. “


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