Ritme Celler, Plaer, DOQ PrioratRegular price €37.00
Plaer means ‘pleasure’, and this concentrated, scarce blend (9,778 bottles made) of old vine Carinyena and Garnatxa certainly delivers.
The name of this wine, Plaer, means ‘pleasure’.
You may not need more persuading than that, but this old vine Priorat is a powerful, complex wine with enticing jammy aromas and an uplifting mineral energy. Red fruit juiciness and darker, velvety depths sustain its dense flavours for simply ages.
The Priorat vines that Albert Jané uses for this wine are all between forty and sixty years old, and grow on a number of the choicest plots in the Priorat DOQ. All the vineyards are based on llicorella soil, and minimal interference in the vines and cellar gives a robust expression of this slate terroir.
The grapes are harvested by hand, with selection carried out in the vineyards and again in the cellar. The resulting wine is aged for twelve months in one year old French oak barrels.
‘Bright violet color. A zesty mineral quality gives loft and focus to sexy aromas of candied flowers and red and dark berry preserves. The juicy, incisive and gently sweet palate offers black raspberry, floral pastille and a late touch of candied licorice. Fine-grained tannins rein in the exuberant fruit on the long and energetic finish. A powerful but finessed wine.’
Stephen Tanzer, Vinous
There has been the by now nearly customary heap of awards for the 2016 vintage of Plaer:
- 93/100, Guía Peñín 2019
- 94/100, Guia Intervinos 2019
- 94.62/100, Guía Wine Up! 2019
- 9.33/10 La Guia de Vins de Catalunya 2019
- 95/100, Guía de Vinos Gourmets 2019
- 90/100, Guía Vivir el Vino 2019
|Supplier's website||Ritme Celler|
|Wine colour||Red wine|
|Grape variety||80% Carinyena, 20 % Garnatxa|