208/365 – Catalonia – DOQ Priorat – Gratallops – Celler Cecilio – Celler Cecilio Black Slate 2011
Celler Cecilio Black Slate 2011, 60% Garnacha, 20% Carignena, 15% Syrah and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
This baby spent 8 months in French oak. Overflowing with ripe black cherry and black styled fruits, licorice, freshly crushed stone, and assorted floral nuances on the nose, it turns structured on the finish, with loads of tannic grip. A big wine that has plenty of fruit and is well textured, it has a stacked mid-palate and is perfectly balanced in the mouth. This is a densely packed wine that you can enjoy over an entire evening and it seems to evolve in your glass for hours! A decade on the shelf is recommended. Please do me a small favour and stack you wine cellar with this baby!
Vi de la Vila! And one more Super Catalan. The inspiration for the Black Slate Project is a Burgundian concept of village nomenclature, applied to the Priorat. One region, nine historical villages, each with its distinct character but all unmistakably Priorat. You’ve got to love this wine!
Sun scorched vines cling to breathtakingly steep hillsides with their roots deeply plunged in the llicorella (slate) soils of this ancient region. Celler Cecilio is located in Gratallops, in the heart of Priorat, and was the first winery registered in the D.O.Ca. Priorat. It is a family estate dedicated to wine since 1942, established and founded by Cecilio Vicent, father of the current owner and winemaker, August Vicent. The vineyards grow in 9 ha. of terraces on Priorat slopes, with very low yields. The village of Gratallops is the most prominent in the region, home to the most pre-eminent, broad and robust wines of the DOQ.
I have lost count when it come to how many times I have visited Priorat and in particular Gratallops. On occassions I have spent days on end there, a wine region with a rooted history, which goes back to the 12th century. I have had the benefit of experiencing the harsh terrain and steep mountainsides that constitute this region’s very unique terroir. Every time I return I am determined to taste as many wines from this region as I can. All of this hard work rewarded me with the Black Slate from Celler Cecilio. Upon tasting, it became an immediate favorite. A true Super Catalan!
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