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Prior de Scala Dei 2017

Prior de Scala Dei

2017
Priorat (Spain)

Prior is a very fine wine, one with personality, a wine that emanates tradition and authenticity, an...

£20.87

/ btl 0.75 L

Details for Prior de Scala Dei 2017

Producer

Alcohol content

14.5%

Bottle size and vintage

0.75 L - 2017

Review

Prior is a very fine wine, one with personality, a wine that emanates tradition and authenticity, and most interesting when it comes to getting better acquainted with the richness of this extraordinary denomination. It's a wine which will captivate the nose, as well as surprise you if you've already seen the label. You may well read it through again to make sure you've got it right. A Priorat? You'll have your doubts for a while. Decant it and carry on sniffing. It's not its composition, because along with the historic Garnacha and Cariñena varieties, there's also some Cabernet and Syrah; it's the terroir. The soil leaves its mark.

Prior has a complex nose yet at the beginning the outstanding aromas are woody, of Mediterranean pine groves in particular and fir trees, which will make you think at first of a wine from neighbouring Montsant. Some of the grapes used in making this wine come from the typical slatey 'llicorella' soils, but also from the clayey ground of the higher altitude vineyards. Just as there are Montsant wines with a Priorat soul, there are wines in the Priorat with a Montsant spirit, or on entry at least. This is one of them, as you will discover.

Celler Scala Dei is the winery most closely linked to the Priorat's history. The Priorat's cradle, it was also the first winery in the denomination to bottle wine, in 1974. The winery has always owned the same vineyards, so both the vines and the vine-growing team know the terroir well. The majority are Garnacha grapevines, but there are also some very old Cariñenas, planted in 1904, as well as Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Around 60 ha of vineyards in total, distributed among 42 different estates, with very varied orientations, altitudes and soil types, a diversity that we find in their wines, with Prior not only no exception but also the one which best picks this up, made as it is with grapes from several parcels.

The Garnacha, the foremost variety in this wine's composition, drives the fruit aromas yet its complexity is down to the overall coupage, with plenty of red fruit, but also blueberries, damp notes of undergrowth and hints of raisins, as well as a chocolatey undertone. The Priorat expression has greater presence on the palate, although it's an accessible one since the wine's still very young: meaty, sweetish, not exceptionally robust and very easily drinkable. With a menthol and mild eucalyptus finish. As the saying on the label goes, a "Vi fi de terrer", a fine terroir wine.

Food pairing

Paté / Aperitifs / Turkey / Duck with red fruits / Oven-cooked pork / Chicken with raisins and plums

Vineyard

  • Vine age:Between 35 and 60 years
  • Soil:Llicorella
  • Climate:Mediterranean
  • Yields:Low yields

Production

  • Ageing period:12 months
  • Barrel age:New and semi-new
  • Type of wood:French and american oak

Tasting notes

  • ViewOpaque / Ruby red / Garnet glints
  • Bouquet:Red fruit / Expressive / Violets / Spices / Red berries
  • Mouth:Silky / Long / With body / Elegant tannins / Mineral

Recommendations

  • Optimum serving temperature:Between 16ºC and 18ºC
  • Decanting:Aeration is recommended

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by: Lucas (5 Aug) - Vintage 2017

Magnifico

Magnifico equilibrio y suave dentro de la denominación de origen

by: Richard Church (01/06/2018) - Vintage 2016

Bueno

Delicious flavour ,well worth the extra expense and I would recommend to anyone who likes full bodied priorat. Bravo bravo

by: marchessi (02/05/2018) - Vintage 2016

Excelencia máxima

Explosión frutal, derroche de matices y aromas en el nivel de los vinos de Priorat, pero este además es particularmente suave en boca, nuevamente la pizarra calcárea inmortal vuelve a triunfar sobre el resto de los vinos mortales.

by: Mark (14/04/2017) - Vintage 2015

Top of the WOW factor

In the search for reasonably priced wines from this outstanding Spanish region, when you find Prior de Scala Dei you know you have found the ultimate. Outstanding in every way - so much so that I like to think that the translation into English would be something like Stairway to God - although I know it's not!

by: Àlvar García (04/01/2017) - Vintage 2014

Scala Dei jamás defrauda

Un vino consistente, Priorato típico, pero a la vez elegante. Viene a sustituir al, para mi, legendario Cartoixa, el primer crianza surgido en la comarca en 1974, aunque en mi opinión no está a su altura al haber perdido su lado más "salvaje", tan típico de la zona.En resumidas cuentas, un excelente vino sobre todo en boca, en nariz un tanto apagado para mi gusto, capaz de acompañar muy bien, lo certifico, carnes con salsa (fricandó), que es lo que he podido experimentar.

Celler Scala Dei

Celler Scala Dei

Cellers Scala Dei is the founding winery of DOQ Priorat and a benchmark for quality even before the area was rediscovered in the 1980s. They are heirs to the tradition of the Carthusian monks, who selected the best payments in the region, and were the first to sell bottled wines, in 1973. Forgotten for a time, it has regained its vitality and has become one of the best references in the appellation since it became part of the Codorníu Group and the enology management was ent...