306/365 – Catalonia – DOQ Priorat – Porrera – Celler Cal Pla – La Carenyeta de Cal Pla 2010
La Carenyeta de Cal Pla 2010, 100% Carignena
Whopsy daisy! Or just WOW! What a lovely wine. Cherry colour with a maroon rim. Clean and bright, with fine tears. The sensations in the nose are full and rich with aromas of fleshy, ripe black fruit, which gives way to a series of spicy touches, cinnamon, liquorice, nutmeg, balsamic notes, aromatic herbs, smooth toast and roasted notes and a mineral background. Decisive attack, warm, broad and silky on the palate, filling the mouth with appetising fruity sensations. Sweet, ripe tannins and a magnificent, very well integrated acidity that refreshes, defines and deepens the experience. A very long and persistent finish leaving balsamic and mineral nuances. Highly recommendable. Fantastic value for money.
La Carenyeta 2010 is a single varietal (Carignena) red wine, made by Celler Cal Pla (the creators of the highly regarded Mas d’en Compte 2009), in the town of Porrera in the DOQ Priorat. The grapes come from vineyards between 70 and 80 years of age with very low yields. The production was limited to 999 bottles. The vineyards were planted on hillsides with slate soils, with altitudes between 300 and 500 meters, on a small plot of land known as Finca Els Arbres. It was aged for 14 months in French oak barrels.
With seven generations of winemakers behind them, Joan Grau and Cristina Sangenís hold the reins of this small family winery full of history, located in Porrera in the DOQ Priorat, where they have since 1996 produced higher quality wine. The story of wine making, seven generations ago, starts already in 1814 but then , the production was for the local market and for “house use”. Priorat was, at the time, not known for elaborate, well made or elegant wines. Now a days you will find stainless steel tanks and cement tanks which houses the younger wines. Under the house, lays a spectacular aging room, the cellar, and on the arches supporting the ceiling you’ll find ancient Catalan texts, with references to wine and wine making, accompany the wines during their aging time.
The family currently owns around 23 ha. of vineyards, divided into 6 plots, all found near the village and in effect making their vines “Vi de la Vila” (village wine or estate wine). Out of the wines produced, the most pampered is always the “Mas del Compte”, a centennial vineyard where the wine Planots is born. All the labor, from the beginning in the vineyard to the final bottling is carried out by the family members. This winery has been growing gradually and acquiring equipment needed to simplify the tasks at hand. The whole process is artisan and manual but recently they have acquired an automatic labeling machine that will help with producing about 70,000 bottles a year, of which 80% will be aimed at export.
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