Celler Cal Pla Mas d'en Compte Negre 2009, red Priorat DOCa, Spain
Tasted June 2013
Appearance - a clear and bright medium intensity ruby colour. A good amount of thick visible tears.
Nose - clean, showing some developing signs with medium plus intensity. It shows lots of wild spicy red berry fruits, some ripe strawberry, plum and kirsch, some dry earthy notes and spicy licorice.
Palate - dry, medium acidity with mouthwatering effect, fine grained spicy tannins of medium plus presence and lots of grip, medium plus body and heady alcohol. Pronounced flavour intensity with clear spicy character, ripe red fruits, mainly plum, some strawberry and juicy cherry, earthy mineral nuances, some sweet spice like cloves and saffron. Very long length with a dried fruit, prune dominance and marked by the spicy, earthy tannins.
Conclusions (17,5/20) - very good quality, shows clear sense of place with the ripe red fruit notes interspersed with the spicy and earthy nuances. Ripeness is well balanced by very nice acidity, which together with its clear spiciness is giving lift to the ensemble. Alcohol is heady (beware!) but well integrated accounting for a supple body but not weighty. Really like this wine, ripe, but very savoury! It is already enjoyable to drink, specially if properly decanted, but it has room to improve for the next 5 to 6 years.