Cal Pla Crianza, Joan Sangenis, Priorat 2018
On our first buying visit to Spain 20 years ago, we learned from a leading MW very knowledgeable in Spanish wine that Priorat would be the country’s next big thing. How right he was: this wild, rugged and picturesque enclave of Tarragona is now producing some of Spain’s finest reds. And given its top-end boutique wines can fetch hundreds of pounds a bottle, this one is an absolute snip.
How does the wine taste?
From 40-year-old vines and aged for 15 months in French oak barrels, Cal Pla Crianza is very deep in colour with intense dark fruits. It’s serious in style, but also rugged and spicy with generous ripe blackberry notes. An alluring perfume adds freshness whilst the palate is generously layered with flavour and a touch of sweet, spicy oak. Moreish, rich, powerful, exquisitely balanced, and above all, hugely drinkable.