|2009: 91 Points - Josh Raynolds, Steve Tanzer's International Wine Cellars: " Vivid ruby. Vibrant, mineral-accented raspberry and cherry aromas are underscored by notes of licorice and spices. Juicy and dense on entry, then nervier in the mid-palate, with sweet flavors of cherry, red berries, licorice and minerals. A nicely balanced wine whose tangy acidity adds cut to the long, focused finish. "
2009: 90 Points - Jay Miller, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Black Slate from the village of Gratallops is a blend of 46% Garnacha, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the balance Merlot and Syrah aged for 12 months in French and American oak. It displays more minerality along with slightly reticent aromas of cedar, black cherry, and black currant. On the palate it displays some potential but is currently playing it close to the vest. It seems to have the right stuff but will require another 2-3 years to fully display its personality. Both Black Slate wines are nicely priced Priorats. "