Why are there five Black Slate wines?
For such a tiny region in Spain, the Priorat has always been a place of struggle against the forces of nature and outside authorities. The Priorat's ability to continually resist expectations and quietly thrive while commanding attention can be traced back to generations of hardy grape growers and the unique communities they created. Indeed, a single Black Slate wine representing the region as a whole might make more commercial sense, but it would come at the expense of the region's growing embrace of its diversity. This is the short version of the answer. I've also created a more lengthy overview – The Black Slate Story.
Everything old is new again at Celler del Roure. Not only has Pablo Calatayud rescued Mandó from obscurity, if not extinction, but he's restored his 17th-century subterranean cellar with its intact amphorae. Whether it is his take on Monastrell with his Vins Classics, his ancestral Vins Antics aged in amphorae, or his playfully pink Les Filles d'Amalia range, each wine from Roure is unique, vibrant, and persistent in its balance of fruit and savory elements. All can be from no other place than Moixent in Valencia.
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