Scala Dei Negre 2010
Remarkably, Priorat’s intensity is to be found at every price level. Negre has all Priorat’s bells and whistles: raisins, crushed red fruits, figs, dates, jam, and spice. Alongside all that richness are notes of dried flowers, grasses, and mineral complexity, reflecting the wildness of the place and its soils. Drink now or in the next few years.
Scala Dei its in the forefront of a movement to a more balanced and elegant style within DOCa Priorat, the second region awarded Spain’s Demominacion de Origen Calificada. The first winery in Priorat, Scala Dei dates back to 1163. The winery owns and farms 100% of the grapes used to make its wines.
About the Winery
This remarkable winery dates back to the twelfth century and is surrounded by some of the most distinctive winemaking geography in Spain. Scala Dei (Latin for “Ladder of God”) produces wines of exceptional flavor and depth that are among the most critically acclaimed from DOCa Priorat, one of Spain’s smallest and most recognized appellations. The dramatic terroir of the region surrounding the winery is breathtakingly steep and covered in black slate. The extremely low grape yields, in some cases only two pounds of fruit per vine, produce highly concentrated grapes. This, together with the intense hand labor used in Priorat, results in wines of superb quality and explains the costliness of region’s wines. More than half of Priorat’s wine production is exported.