Les Crestes /2018

Fruity, fresh and expressive. A genuine young and delicious Priorat wine.

FEATURES:

  • GRAPE VARIETIES: 20-year-old Red Grenache vines (80%), old Carignan (10%) and Syrah (10%).
  • ALCOHOLIC CONTENT: 14,5%.
  • SOILS & VINES: Grapes grown exclusively on steep slate “licorella” hillsides (350/450 m.) with yields of 1kg / vine.
  • VINTAGE AND CLIMATE: With a snowfall in February, 2018 has been a year with abundant rainfall in spring and autumn, with records well above average. Very high temperatures peaks during the day in July and August. A warm September, refreshed again by the rain to obtain healthy, tasty and very balanced grapes.
  • AGEING: Grapes picked by hand using 10 kg. boxes. Selection in vineyards and at the entrance of the winery. Classification berry by berry on a double sorting table in the winery. Aging of 8 months in second year French oak barrels.

Decanter WWA 2020 –  Silver Medal – September 2020 - 90pts

Subtle and appealing floral aromas. Violets and blackberries on the palate, with a rusty earthiness and integrated tannins.

Ramon Francàs – June 2020

80% Grenache, 10% Carignan and 10% Syrah. Medium layer and bright color. Lots of sweet red fruit and juicy black plums, also floral (violets), with a very lively acidity and verticality. Very well understood youth. I liked a lot their notes that remind me of aromatic Mediterranean infusion herbs. The wood is just a brushstroke. Valentí of Mas Doix affirms that it is "a wine to enjoy with friends, a wine for those who are not even used to”. It has the merit of being a very interesting wine, even though it was fruit of a difficult vintage, a very rainy year. A round wine to please a wide range of consumers. A young, fruity, fresh, modern and, above all, very drinkable young Priorat.

2020 DOQ Priorat Tasting Report – Miquel Hudin – Vinologue – 90pts

Blind tasted – June 25th 2020

Very light dried red fruits, flecks of strawberry and raspberry, minor herbal notes of garrigue and thyme. Fresh and nicely fruited on the palate but falling off a touch in terms of persistence.

Decanter Panel Tasting November 2019 – 90pts Highly recommended

Clean and well defined in style, combining an opulent, floral nose with a bright and vivacious palate, along with an enticing hint of spice. Drink 2019-2024. 

Guía Peñín 2020 -    90pts 

Color: cherry, violet edge. Aroma: red fruit, dried herbs. Mouth: fruity, tasty, balanced.

The Wine Advocate #244 - Aug. 2019 – 93pts 

The most approachable of the reds is the young 2018 Les Crestes, produced with fruit from their younger vines. The fact that this is mostly Garnacha also adds to the (relative) lightness and drinkability in a coolish year like 2018, and it has more red fruit and fantastic freshness, with fine tannins and very integrated oak.

48,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in June 2019 after eight months in French oak barrels.

2018 / Mas Doix