Les Crestes /2015

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: Mild winter with timely snowfall in February. Spring with little rain and high average temperatures. 60 l./m2 fallen in June allow us to face a heatwave in July and more temperate and dry August and September. Harvest from 15 September to 25 October. Slowly but surely. A quiet and very good harvest.
  • 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. Bottling: June 2016 - 35,000 bottles. Unfined and unfiltered.

Wine Spectator – Tom Matthews – Web only - January 2017 – 87pts

This fresh red offers black cherry, licorice, cola and mountain herb flavors backed by juicy acidity and light tannins. Focused, with just enough grip for food. Drink now through 2020. 

Decanter  –  January 2017  –  The most exciting wines of 2016 under £55

Lively and youthful, this is a stylish, approachable and modern red blend with loads of concentrated cherry fruit and a blueberry Carignan note giving a lovely edge. Glorious meaty and herbal notes come through as well, making it a very enjoyable style. Drink 2017-2020. 

Guía Peñín 2017 - 91***pts

Cherry color, violet rim. Spicy aroma, fruity, ripe fruit, mineral. Palate: flavourful, fruity, fresh, structured, long.

Enric Català - Tasting note

Les Crestes 2015 is a red wine with violet color. Bright with a bluish hint. Denotes youth and vivacity. 
When moving the glass, it has an agile movement with abundant tears, thin and fast.
It is a wine that already captivates just by looking at it.

In the nose... very Priorat! Personality and authenticity.
Since it is the young wine of Mas Doix cellar and apparently the simplest of their range, surprisingly it has a wonderful complexity, full of nuances.
The highlight in aromas are the freshness but maturity at once (cherry liquor) with balsamic notes (mint) and red fruits. In general it has a fresh feeling. Also lots of Mediterranean herbs (rosemary, lavender).
When you smell it again, its complexity keeps surprising you. In the background you can feel the sensual part of the wine, with a fresh floral remembrance (violets).
As a good Priorat, it has earthy aromas so characteristic of this area. Hot slate, which leaves no doubt where this wine comes from.
It is one of those wines that you would not stop smelling and thrilling. A piece of Priorat in the glass.

In the mouth it could be described as silky and powerful. Fresh and smooth at first but warmer feelings come out the end.
Medium bodied, it is a wine that stands out the purity of red fruits that gives the Grenache, very well combined with the freshness and balsamic bouquet that provides the Carignan.
The warm part of the As vintage 2015 was quite warm and dry, this feature is balanced with this pleasant fresh fruit feeling, giving the crisp hint and meaty at once.

This wine has been tasted in October 2016 and it can be enjoyed in the next 2-4 years.

2015 / Mas Doix