Cellers de Scala Dei

Prior Priorat Grenache Blend

9.1218 ratings
9.127 pro ratings
Priorat, Catalunya, Spain
Grenache Blend
Beef, Onion, Pungent Cheese, Hard Cheese, Lamb, Mushrooms, Pasta, Tomato-Based, Salami & Prosciutto, Pork, Venison
Top Notes For
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
James McFadyen

Wine Consultant and Allocation Specialist at Spec's

9.1

What a little charmer, got some good tannic grip, all surrounded by generous fruit with stoney minerals and minty overtones. YUM

What a little charmer, got some good tannic grip, all surrounded by generous fruit with stoney minerals and minty overtones. YUM

May 4th, 2015
Felipe Ferreiro

Sommelier/Wine Director Restaurante Las Rias Bajas

9.0

Vino de capa alta, alcohólico y con mucha fruta negra, mineral y tostado. En boca regaliz negro secante de uva y gran final, buen priorat 😋😋😋

Vino de capa alta, alcohólico y con mucha fruta negra, mineral y tostado. En boca regaliz negro secante de uva y gran final, buen priorat 😋😋😋

Jan 11th, 2015
Andrew Lampasone

Owner Wine Watch Selections

8.6

The first winery in the priorat

The first winery in the priorat

Aug 26th, 2014