2008 Marc Ripoll Sans Black Slate Priorat (Porrera)

Year: 2008
Appellation: Priorat
Country: Spain
Wine Advocate: 90
Vinous Media: 90
Red Wine
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"Marc Ripoll Sans’ 2008 Black Slate from the Priorat village of Porrera is composed of 60% Garnacha and 40% Carinena aged for 12 months in used French oak. It displays intense black fruit aromas along with slate/mineral, Asian spices, and incense. Made in a slightly racy style, it has plenty of savory fruit, good balance, and a pure, lengthy finish. It will deliver plenty of enjoyment over the next 6-8 years. Both Black Slate wines are nicely priced Priorats. " (WA)

"($20; 60% garnacha and 40% carinena) Deep ruby. Pungent dark fruits and smoky minerals on the nose, with a hint of dried flowers adding complexity. Then brighter in the mouth, offering dense, sweet black raspberry and bitter chocolate flavors and a late note of zesty minerality. Rich but animated, with very good finishing clarity and cut." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
BLACK SLATE....The inspiration 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. Sun scorched vines cling to breathtakingly steep hillsides with their roots deeply plunged in the llicorella (slate) soils of this ancient region. The village of GRATALLOPS, in the heart of the Priorat, is the most prominent in the region, home to wines characterized by their broad and powerful nature.