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A remarkable winery dating back to the 12th Century, and surrounding the most distinctive "terroir" in Spain, Scala Dei (Latin for "Ladder of God") produces wines of exceptional flavor and depth.
Wines from Scala Dei are among the most critically acclaimed from the region. The first winery in Priorat, Scala Dei was founded in 1163 by Carthusian monks who introduced vine growing in the region.
The region of Priorat is an isolated area situated in the middle of the Sierra del Montsant, a province of Tarragona. The average age of the vineyards at Scala Dei is 30 years, mostly planted on plains and terraces in soils very rich in llicorella or slate. The grape varieties planted at Scala Dei include Garnacha, Carinena, Syrah and, more recently, Cabernet Sauvignon. With outstanding complexity and concentration, the wines from Scala Dei depart from the region's traditional dark, intense, alcoholic wines to show a more approachable, balanced and elegant style of Priorat wine. Scala Dei wines have the structure and intensity expected of Priorat with a surprising balance and elegance that is rare for the region.
94 — Tasting Panel — November, 2017

A blend of Garnacha Tinta and Cariñena from vines on steep hillsides aged up to 60 years old, the grapes are hand-harvested. Aromas of tilled soil with violets is inviting and deep. On the palate, the minerality joins the bittersweet plum skin notes and spiced cranberry. Lush, filled with sunshine and earth, its round body adheres to a boysenberry ripeness.

93 — Tastings.com — December, 2014

BEST BUY. Ruby color. Aromas of mocha yogurt, toasted chocolate berry pastry, and sweet herbs and spices with a silky, lively, fruity medium body and an engaging, medium-long pomegranate gelato and sour cherry sorbet finish with silky tannins and light oak. A juicy, delicious, resonant, red that will cover a lot of bases. Drink now through 2017.

93 — Wine & Spirits — February, 2015

BEST BUY. This shows little of itself at the moment. It's almost completely closed, offering hints of fresh red fruit and touches of spice. The rest is a mystery locked in the tannins and acidity that form the powerful structure of the wines. Only grilled lamb-or 10 years in the cellar-will open the door on this blend of old-vine garnacha and carinena with cabernet sauvignon and syrah.

93 — Tastings.com — December, 2014

Black color. Interesting aromas and flavors of coconut cream, spiced berries and figs, and earth with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length finish with suggestions of chocolate mint, black raspberry jam, delicate peppery spices, and banana with crunchy tannins. A zesty, lively, zinfandel-like red that will be great with food. Drink now through 2017.

93 — Wine & Spirits — October, 2017

Scala Dei has some of the highest-altitude vineyards in Priorat, which make for consistently sharp and firm reds. This blend of garnacha and carinena, all from old vineyards, is a good example. Right now, this is an impenetrable wine, filled with layers of tannins, red and black fruits, as well as curry and black-pepper spice. With time in the glass, the acidity weaves its way through the darkness, bringing vigor and freshness to the wine, and suggesting that this will be even better with another two to three years in bottle.

92 — Wine & Spirits Magazine — February, 2015

BEST BUY. It's rare to find garnacha in Priorat with this much charm and sheet drinkability. It's energized with wild strawberry flavor, full of vitality and freshness, rich in texture, generous in acifity. This is the kind of wine you can drink like water, and it's great at quenching your thirst.

92 — Wine Spectator — June, 2015

Flavors of black cherry and plum are juicy, even crunchy, in this fresh and lively red. Notes of wet stone and mountain herb add interest and complexity, while the focus stays on the fruit, with moderate tannins and lively acidity providing structure

92 — Wine Enthusiast — April, 2017

Ripe heady aromas of black cherry, licorice and fir tree are lightly herbal, foresty and on the money. This feels tight as a box of nails, with firm tannins. Black plum, black cherry, blackberry and peppery flavors finish toasty and dark. This has a lot of life left in it. Drink through 2024.

91 — Vinous — January, 2016

Brilliant ruby-red. Focused, vibrant red berry and floral scents are complicated by suggestions of woodsmoke and white pepper. The rich yet animated palate boasts gently sweet raspberry and cherry flavors that deepen and spread out in the glass. This wine shows excellent finishing power and lift, with smooth tannins that are nicely tucked into the juicy red fruit.

90 — Vinous — January, 2016

(made entirely in stainless steel tanks): The highly perfumed nose shows very good clarity, with red berry and floral pastille aromas and a hint of white pepper. Silky, seamless and gently sweet, the palate is imbued with tangy acidity that gives spine to generous fresh raspberry and cherry compote flavors. Emphatically fruity and persistent, the finish conveys just a hint of dusty tannins. This extroverted, fruit-driven and extremely easy-to-drink bottling is a far cry from the structured, age-demanding wines that most wine lovers associate with Priorat.

90 — Wine Spectator — November, 2017

This supple red has good density, with expressive flavors of candied cherry, toasted vanilla and cocoa, supported by light tannins and balsamic acidity. Lively. Drink now through 2021. 500 cases made

88 — International Wine Cellar — September, 2014

Bright red. Peppery red berry and floral aromas show good clarity and a hint of allspice. Lively and sharply focused on the palate, offering tangy redcurrant and strawberry flavors with a hint of orange pith. Finishes with good nervy cut and silky, late-arriving tannins.

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Scaladei Winemaker Ricardrofes 340X217
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Scaladei Vineyards 340X217
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