Celler Cal Pla Tinto Priorat DOQ is a red wine made Joan Sangenis. It is a blend of the traditional grapes of the region, Garnacha and Carinena, with some Cabernet Sauvignon, grown on the famous Priorat “Llicorella” soils.
After previous generations had sold their grapes to the local cooperative, owner / oenologist Joan Sangenis decided, in 1995, to create Celler Cal Pla to vinify wines for himself. The winery is based in the village of Porrera and Joan Sangenis now owns some 80 hectares of south-facing vineyards, at altitudes of 300 to 400m, with an average age of 50 years or more and some small parcels of Carignan and Grenache which are over 100 years old. The oldest vineyards are located on very steep slopes which aree known locally as “Costers” The soils are typical of Priorat – the topsoil is composed od slate and quartz and often appears very dark grey or black in colour. The subsoil below is a reddish slate with quartz with very high mineral content – this is known as “Llicorella”. The combination of low-yielding old vines, a modern stainless steel winery and healthy maintenance of vineyards with no pesticides are all factors which allows Joan Sangenis to produce some of the very best Priorat wines.
Celler Cal Pla Tinto Priorat DOQ is a blend of 50% Garnacha, 45% Carinena and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon that is aged for 14 months on its lees in 15% American and 85% French oak barrels (a mixture of 1 to 3 year old barrels). The grapes are sourced from vines with an average age of 10 to 20 years. Average production of 30,000 bottles per vintage.
For the curious, the label mentions the grape variety Samso. This is another name for the Carinena grape that is often used in Catalonia.