Salanques /2007

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

FEATURES:

  • GRAPE VARIETIES: 65% Grenache, 20% Carignan, 10 % Syrah, 2% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • ALCOHOLIC CONTENT: 15%
  • SOILS & VINES: Salanques 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: 2007 was a relatively dry year with a total rainfall of only 400 mm. The winter was extremely dry with no precipitation but the rain came in April with almost a third of the annual rainfall. The summer was very dry with only a few showers before the harvest that helped to achieve a very good ripening of the grapes. The average temperature of the year was higher than normal with a mild winter and a very hot summer. From the middle of August the temperature lowered, especially during the nights that granted higher thermal amplitude in between cold and warm climate during the second part of the ripening, very important for a slow and balanced ripening, and quality of the grapes.
    The harvest started the 7th of September with the Merlot, and followed with the Syrah the 20th. The Grenache was harvested the 26th of September and the harvest finished the 2nd of October with the Cariñena and Cabernet Sauvignon.
    Manual selection of grape bunches in the vineyard followed by grape selection in the winery to remove overripe grapes.
  • 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 in French oak barrels (tight grain) for 14 months.

Vinous - Nov. 2010 - Josh Raynolds  - 91pts

Glass-staining ruby. An intensely perfumed bouquet of crushed red berries, smoky herbs, potpourri and minerals. Lively raspberry and cherry flavors are underscored by tangy minerality and pick up deeper notes of licorice and mocha in the mid-palate. Leaves a trail of juicy red fruit and spice notes behind a nicely persistent, energetic finish. I'd drink this now for its energy and zesty fruit. Note that the price for the excellent 2006 version was $50.

Wine Advocate #188-Apr 2010-Jay Miller- 93pts

The purple-colored 2007 Salanques is composed of 65% Garnacha, 15% Carinena, and the balance Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 14 months in French oak. Aromas of Asian spices, incense, mineral, plum and black cherry are followed by a plush, opulent, pleasure-bent Priorat that delivers awesome value for this pricy DO. Give it 1-2 years to fully blossom and drink it through 2022. 

Salanques is the result of a barrel by barrel declassification of Mas Doix’s flagship Costers de Vinas Viejas.Drink: 2011 - 2022

Justerini&Brooks 2010

A blend of 70% Garnacha, 20% Carinena with some Syrah, rich, smooth and open knit, generous but very well balanced Priorato, certainly not cumbersome or heavy. With satin-textured Victoria plum, bramble and bitter sweet bullace fruit with touches of salted caramel, the Carinena really sticks out with its salty, fresh vibrancy, and acute focus; a perfectly pitched wine.

2007 / Mas Doix