Cellers de Scala Dei

Prior Priorat Grenache Blend

9.1242 ratings
9.133 pro ratings
Priorat, Catalunya, Spain
Grenache Blend
Top Notes For
Andrew Lohse

Rich, juicy black fruit, some chewy / dusty tannins, plenty of licorice on the finish

Rich, juicy black fruit, some chewy / dusty tannins, plenty of licorice on the finish

Apr 18th, 2019
Hayden B. Oothout

Tannic fruity marriage in a glass. This is a great Spanish blend predominantly Grenache at 54%, Cabernet Sauvignon 29%, carignan 15% and Syrah 2%. It’s fruit forward and bold with a heavy backbone of tannins. After a little bit of decanting this wine really opens up and becomes lovely. Drink now or hold for up to 6 more years.

Tannic fruity marriage in a glass. This is a great Spanish blend predominantly Grenache at 54%, Cabernet Sauvignon 29%, carignan 15% and Syrah 2%. It’s fruit forward and bold with a heavy backbone of tannins. After a little bit of decanting this wine really opens up and becomes lovely. Drink now or hold for up to 6 more years.

Apr 5th, 2019
Ellen Clifford

A wine slightly discombobulated yet obviously finding-its-way. It’s an old soul who is still young and wants to be Courtney Love. Like it’s not damaged but it has enough edge to aspire. Earth of old world and ridic ripeness from those llicorella soils. A very red Garnacha. Don’t know how it will age but think it has a little while to get all the flavors to make friends. Either way a wine with interest.

A wine slightly discombobulated yet obviously finding-its-way. It’s an old soul who is still young and wants to be Courtney Love. Like it’s not damaged but it has enough edge to aspire. Earth of old world and ridic ripeness from those llicorella soils. A very red Garnacha. Don’t know how it will age but think it has a little while to get all the flavors to make friends. Either way a wine with interest.

Oct 7th, 2018
Adam K.

Dark red cherries and other fruits that pack a wallop on the palate. Keeps you coming back for more, and I'm glad I decanted this bad boy.

Dark red cherries and other fruits that pack a wallop on the palate. Keeps you coming back for more, and I'm glad I decanted this bad boy.

Nov 4th, 2017
Mari Carmen De Francisco

Magníficos taninos, fruta muy expresiva, fresco pero intenso en boca. Lleno de vida y muy, muy agradable.

Magníficos taninos, fruta muy expresiva, fresco pero intenso en boca. Lleno de vida y muy, muy agradable.

2 people found it helpfulFeb 19th, 2015
Bryce Wiatrak

An order of Carthusian monks first found their way to Scala Dei in 1194 at the invitation of Alfonso I. The name "Scala Dei" means "stairway to heaven," and a visit through these transportive ruins remains a critical first stop if ever visiting the region. While monks no longer work the cellars, the Scala Dei wines remain solid - and often a relative value in comparison to those who've arrived in the last half century. Prior is Scala Dei's mid-tier of their three Priorat reds. High octane flavors of licorice, pepper, black plum, violet, and blueberry find balance with spicier, more elegant tones of sandalwood, rosewater, frankincense and gingerbread. While 15% abv, you’d never know per the bright acidity and chalky tannins - yet there remains, a warming medieval intrigue that conjures romantic images of hearthstones and velvet. A nice showing from Priorat’s pioneering monastery.

An order of Carthusian monks first found their way to Scala Dei in 1194 at the invitation of Alfonso I. The name "Scala Dei" means "stairway to heaven," and a visit through these transportive ruins remains a critical first stop if ever visiting the region. While monks no longer work the cellars, the Scala Dei wines remain solid - and often a relative value in comparison to those who've arrived in the last half century. Prior is Scala Dei's mid-tier of their three Priorat reds. High octane flavors of licorice, pepper, black plum, violet, and blueberry find balance with spicier, more elegant tones of sandalwood, rosewater, frankincense and gingerbread. While 15% abv, you’d never know per the bright acidity and chalky tannins - yet there remains, a warming medieval intrigue that conjures romantic images of hearthstones and velvet. A nice showing from Priorat’s pioneering monastery.

1 person found it helpfulMar 5th, 2018
Christopher Cordero

Full-bodied and generous in structure. Expect chocolate, dark berries, and spice with this wonderful Grenache blend.

Full-bodied and generous in structure. Expect chocolate, dark berries, and spice with this wonderful Grenache blend.

1 person found it helpfulSep 24th, 2015
Dimitri Fedotov, C.S.

Sommelier Osteria 177

8.9

Decant it, please! And enjoy

Decant it, please! And enjoy

Aug 25th, 2015
Jimmy Smith

Director, West and North London Wine School

9.1

The 2009 is showing quite beautifully now. Opulent, meaty and herbed, fragrant with lavender, violets, rum and raisin, blackberry and caramel chocolate. Sweet dark fruit, chocolate palate, chewy tannins that are softening, almost zero acid leaves a full powerful monster

The 2009 is showing quite beautifully now. Opulent, meaty and herbed, fragrant with lavender, violets, rum and raisin, blackberry and caramel chocolate. Sweet dark fruit, chocolate palate, chewy tannins that are softening, almost zero acid leaves a full powerful monster

Jun 23rd, 2015
Jimmy Smith

Director, West and North London Wine School

9.2

Very forward, expressive and heady. Blackberry, damson, raisin, lavender, violet, meaty, lightly rubbery. Cassis and black chocolate. Full, still quite grippy with tannin, low on the acid, but big, smoky, chocolate, with dark fruits, spices, and herbs. A monster that is just started to be tamed

Very forward, expressive and heady. Blackberry, damson, raisin, lavender, violet, meaty, lightly rubbery. Cassis and black chocolate. Full, still quite grippy with tannin, low on the acid, but big, smoky, chocolate, with dark fruits, spices, and herbs. A monster that is just started to be tamed

May 21st, 2015