Cal Pla Tinto, Joan Sangenis, Porrera, Priorat
When I wrote my MW Dissertation on Priorat, I spent 6 months working in and around the fascinating region of Priorat, in the heart of Catalonia. The wines of this region have set new quality standards for the whole of Spain, and the story of the regions renaissance once of the wine worlds most interesting. The soils of Priorat are arid and low in nutrients, forcing the ancient vines to dig deep for water. This results in low yields of intensly concentrated grapes which make powerful wines with a distinctive minerality. Cellar Cal Pla, managed and owned by the characterful Joan Sagenis, are in my opinion some of the best of the whole region, largely due to their dependance on some fantastic old vine Carignan. The Cal Pla Tinto offers real value in a region of luxury and cannot be recommended highly enough.