Scala Dei Cartoixa 2003

Scala Dei, Priorat, Cartoixa 2003 I found this bottle rattling around in the cellar and was delighted to have the opportunity to taste it again. A few years ago it was still rather tannic and while good, I knew that there were better days to come.

And now those days are upon us. The structure has softened, showing a velvety impression on which the fruits have evolved from fresh to dry. It’s gaining that sweet-appearing character that mature red wines show and truly is in the window of optimum drinkability. There’s also an appropriate complement of leather adding to the complexity of the experience.

We enjoyed this with a simple filet mignon, grilled and served without adornment. I’m a compulsive saucier but this time held back and am glad I did – the tender cut of beef off the barbecue with the mature wine was all we needed.

The grapes behind this wine are 41% Grenache, 41% Syrah and 18% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine was aged in French and American oak for 12 months.

Estate bottled in Scala Dei, a beautifully historic place to visit. The estate is part of Grupo Codorniu. 14.5% purchased I can’t remember when for $27.99 at Bottle Barn.

About Ray

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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