Salanques /2005

Balance, intensity and purity. Transmits the authentic character of Priorat.

FEATURES:

  • GRAPE VARIETIES: 70% Grenache, 15% Carignan, 10% Syrah, 2% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • ALCOHOLIC CONTENT: 15%.
  • SOILS & VINES: alanques vineyards are situated at a height of 350/450 meters above sea level on hillsides of pronounced slopes, with the characteristic slate soil called "licorella". Wine elaborated with Grenache and Carignan of old vines between 70 and 90 years, as well as younger vines for varieties of Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet and part of those of Grenache.
  • VINTAGE AND CLIMATE: The 2005 vintage had a long and cold winter, with snow falling on February 22nd and March 3rd, causing some delay in the growing season. During the spring, like the winter, we had very little rain, so resulted a very dry year. The summer gave mild temperatures and early September, 6th and 7th we received some beneficial rains that favoured the final stage of maturation. In summary, the 2005 is an extraordinary vintage, with nice concentration and a great acidity, which gives us deep and long wines.
  • AGEING: The elaboration process followed temperature-controlled fermentation with a total maceration period between 3 and 4 weeks what allowed a progressive and excellent extraction. Ageing of 14 months in French oak.

Wine Advocate #175-Feb 2008-Jay Miller- 93pts

The 2005 Salanques, a blend of 65% Garnacha, 20% Carinena, and the balance Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon, is aged in French oak for 14 months. It has a glass-coating purple-hue with an alluring bouquet of cedar, smoke, slate, blueberry, and black cherry. Youthful and structured on the palate, this potentially complex effort will profit from 5-7 years of additional cellaring. It will be at its best from 2015 to 2030. Drink: 2015 - 2030.

Vinous – Sep. 2007 - Josh Raynolds  - 90pts

Bright red. Zesty red berry aromas are sharpened by white pepper and baking spices. Brisk raspberry and cherry flavors show very good energy and are nicely framed by fine-grained tannins. A focused, nervy example of Priorat, finishing precise and persistent.

2005 / Mas Doix