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Crisp and brilliant in colour. A deep ruby red with garnet and bluish hues on the rim. Intense lingering aromas of red and black fruit, wild strawberries, blackberries, floral notes...
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Crisp and brilliant in colour. A deep ruby red with garnet and bluish hues on the rim. Intense lingering aromas of red and black fruit, wild strawberries, blackberries, floral notes of violet intermingled with subtle spicy and toasty hints. This wine is full bodied with finesse and a silky mid-palate. Ripe and elegant tannins are overlain with mineral aromas from the limestone soil.

Scala Dei Priorat Prior is a blend of mostly Garnacha with Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah the grapes are left to ferment with the natural vineyard yeasts in small open tanks and the wine aged in a mixture of American and French oak barrels.

The Scala Dei winery, latin for 'ladder of God', was established in the 12th century by Carthusian monks. The Scala Dei Wineries have strong ties with the wine history of the area. It is in these slate soils where the monks from the Scala Dei monastery delimited eight centuries ago the land of what today is known as the DOC Priorat. A remarkable winery dating back to the 12th Century, and surrounding the most distinctive “terroir” in Spain, Scala Dei (Latin for “Ladder of God”) produces wines of exceptional flavor and depth. Wines from Scala Dei are among the most critically acclaimed from the region. The name of our winery draws on a history and legacy that lead us to encounter an ancient tradition. Proud of it, we worship to this earth, carefully tending to our vineyards, in order to create wines with unique personality.

Tiny and entirely composed of craggy, jagged and deeply terraced vineyards, Priorat is a Catalan wine-producing region that was virtually abandoned until the early 1990s. Its renaissance came with the arrival of one man, René Barbier, who recognized the region’s forgotten potential. He banded with five friends to create five “Clos” in the village of Gratallops. Their aim was to revive some of Priorat’s ancient Carignan vines, as well as plant new—mainly French—varieties. These winemakers were technically skilled, well-trained and locally inspired; not surprisingly their results were a far cry from the few rustic and overly fermented wines already produced.

This movement escalated Priorat’s popularity for a few reasons. Its new wines were modern and made with well-recognized varieties, namely old Carignan and Grenache blended with Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. When the demand arrived, scarcity commanded higher prices and as the region discovered its new acclaim, investors came running from near and far. Within ten years, the area under vine practically doubled.

Priorat’s steep slopes of licorella (brown and black slate) and quartzite soils, protection from the cold winds of the Siera de Monstant and a lack of water, leading to incredibly low vine yields, all work together to make the region’s wines unique. While similar blends could and are produced elsewhere, the mineral essence and unprecedented concentration of a Priorat wine is unmistakable.

Key Facts

Garnacha, Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah

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