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2016 Celler Cal Pla Priorat Black Slate Porrera Grenache Blend, Grenache
12/20/2020 - Cochon74 wrote:
Surprised by some of the negative reviews this wine has garnered. I found this to be a great, high-QPR Priorat with character!

The nose on this displayed a surprising amount of funky meatiness along with ripe red fruit.

Surprisingly balanced and enjoyable. The fruit, acidity and tannins were all well integrated. The funky note persisted, but in a totally subtle and dynamic fashion, lifting this wine a step above the quotidian. I would’ve liked to see a little more body and a longer finish, but that’s not to detract from what this wine is - hedonistic, fun-to-drink, semi-serious Spanish goodness.

Also, I’d be curious to try the other villages highlighted in this series.
  • smorris291 commented:

    12/21/20, 6:58 PM - I’m a big fan of this series. I probably prefer the wines from Escaladei and Porrera to the ones from Gratallops (the 2018 is widely available now)...but all of them are enjoyable and interesting, especially for the price point.

2012 Celler Cal Pla Priorat Black Slate Porrera Grenache Blend, Grenache
1/14/2015 - winerd wrote:
The color is beautiful ruby. Hot on the nose with not much intensity of aroma: rock, stewed cherry, anise. Fresh acidity but the alcohol is out of balance. Dry tannins. Wet stone, garrigue, earth, cedar, cherry jam but not much fruit. This wine is out of balance.
  • smorris291 commented:

    1/26/15, 2:53 PM - 100 pts? Must be a typo given your description...

2009 McPrice Myers Altas Vinas Santa Barbara County Red Rhone Blend
5/15/2014 - smorris291 Likes this wine:
90 points
Almost purple in the glass. Fruit forward, but not jammy, yet there was a smoky, charred note in the background. Med minus acidity. Initially thought this could be 91-92 pts, but ended up keeping it lower because of the lack of acidity and the fact that is just never fully opened up like I thought it would.
  • smorris291 commented:

    5/16/14, 11:59 AM - I think you could open any time, really. Tons of life left on it, but it was really good last night. My only suggestion is that you try to decant it a while before you drink it...I think that would only improve it.

2009 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Olenik Vineyard Chehalem Mountains
6/1/2012 - smorris291 wrote:
91 points
Transparent garnet in color. Great balance of fruit, minerality and earth. A beautiful CA pinot that leans toward Burgundy in style. Wish I had more.
  • smorris291 commented:

    12/6/12, 8:07 PM - Yep, I meant Oregon...for some reason I messed up and wrote CA.

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