Les Crestes /2012

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

FEATURES:

  • GRAPE VARIETIES: 80% Grenache, 10% Carignan, 10% Syrah
  • ALCOHOLIC CONTENT: 14,5%.
  • SOILS & VINES: Les Crestes vineyards are situated at a height of 400 meters above sea level on hillsides of pronounced slopes, with the characteristic slate soil called "licorella". A third of the grapes comes from vineyards of more than 50 years old, and the rest comes from vineyards with an average of 15/20 years old.
  • VINTAGE AND CLIMATE: One of best vintages in last 10 years. Dryness from August to November was the key factor to a slow growing and maturation process of the grapes. Rain on september brought a cooler climate. Harvest on September 15th was calm and quiet.
  • AGEING: Grape selection in vineyards, and at the winery grape entry, with two consecutive table selection. Fermentation in small tank size of stainless steel, at controlled temperature of 26 ºC, with a total maceration period of 18 days. Aging of 10 months in French oak (very thin grain).

Wine Advocate #213 - June 2014 - Robert Parker - 94pts

A stunningly profound Priorat, the 2012 Les Crestes is made from 80% Grenache, 10% Carinena and 10% Syrah aged eight months in French oak. This single vineyard wine emerges from a parcel planted 350-400 meters above sea level in the pure slate soil that the locals call “licorella.” The blend includes significant amounts of old vine material. The wine’s deep purple color is accompanied by sweet aromas of black raspberries, spring flowers and crushed rocks, elegant, medium to full-bodied flavors and a long, zesty, rich finish. The oak is pushed to the background, and the wine’s freshness and exuberance are well-displayed. Poboleda is one of the two coldest micro-climates of Priorat, so this is clearly a more feminine-styled wine. Drink it over the next 4-6 years. 

Guía Peñín 2015 - 92pts

Cherry, amost violet in color. Expressive aroma, fresh fruit, red fruit. Tasty palate, fruity, good acidity, ripe tannins.

2012 / Mas Doix