Red wine from Priorat
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Cal Pla is a red wine from the Priorat wine-growing region of north east Spain made by Celler de Joan Sangenis, one of the oldest grape-growing families in Priorat. It is classified as a Denominación de Origen Calificada (DOCa), the highest level of categorisation for a wine-growing region (and one of only two, the other is Rioja), and is chareacterised by its unique terroir of black slate and quartz soil, known locally as “Llicorella“. This Llicorella has a high mineral content. The topsoil is composed of slate and quartz rock is quite black in appearance. This sits on top of the reddish-brown subsoil composed of reddish slate with particles of quartz.
Celler de Joan Sangenis is based in Porrera and owns over eighty hectares of south-facing vineyards planted with vines of an average age of 50 years plus. They also own some small parcels of vines with Garnacha (red Grenache) and Carignan that are over 100 years old. The oldest vines are planted on very steep slopes known as “costers” and are most located at three to four hundred metres above sea level. Joan Sangenis is the young and talented owner and oenologist.
Cal Pla Crianza Tinto Crianza
Cal Pla Tinto Crianza is an estate wine, grapes are only sourced from the estate, none are bought in. It is a blend of mainly Garnacha, Carinena with around 5% Cabernet Sauvignon aged for around 14 months in American (15%) and French (85%) oak. Only 30,000 bottles are produced.
Tasting Notes – The Cal Pla Tinto Crianza has a good, clear red colour with a developing brown rim around the edge. The nose is rich and spicy, with plums, damson, cinnamon, white pepper and nutmeg. The palate medium bodied with good concentrated red fruit, black fruit, and soft leathery tannins.
Cal Pla Crianza 2006
Cal Pla Tinto 2006 was selected in Top 100 New Wave Spanish Wines in the OLN (Off License News) Awards in 2010. Cal Pla also had a very good mention from Fiona Beckett writing in The Guardian.