2015 Scala Dei ‘Cartoixa’ Priorat
Tastes Like: Dark Berries, Creamy Vanilla, Violet, Pepper
Scala Dei was first founded in 1194 as a Carthusian monastery (“cartoixa”). The monks were the very first people to develop Priorat’s viticulture, and for 600 years they produced wine at this estate. In 1844 the vineyards were auctioned off to 5 families who formed a society committed to promoting winemaking in the region. In 1878 they produced the world’s first official Priorat wine: Scala Dei ‘Cartoixa’.
Not only are these vineyards historic, they are also some of the finest that Priorat has to offer. The grapes that go into Cartoixa – a blend of Grenache and Carinena – come from the most vintage vines, which date back 60 years. The region’s licorella slate soils create exceptionally deep, mineral-driven flavors in the fruit, which is hand-picked for quality.
“Delicious warm roasted fruit and coconut aromas, the palate is deep and broad with wonderful ripe dark berries, soft rounded red fruits, creamy vanilla, the well judged tannin gives a beautiful soft long finish.”
– 97 Points and Platinum Medal, Decanter World Wine Awards