Salanques /2008

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

FEATURES:

  • GRAPE VARIETIES: 65% Grenache, 25% Carignan, 10 % Syrah
  • 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 Syrah,
  • VINTAGE AND CLIMATE: Great vintage 2008 for the area. It started with a very cool and dry dry winter. In March, very low nigth temperatures delayed the outbreak a few weeks. Rain arrived in May with 150 ml. Very dry July and August allowed an optimum fruit ripening. A fresh September with no water  extended a slow and balance ripening until Harvest in October.
  • 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.

Wine Advocate #194-May 2011-Jay Miller- 91pts

The entry level is Salanques with an annual production ranging from 18-25,000 bottles. The 2008 Salanques is made up of 65% Garnacha, 20% Carinena, and the balance Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. The owners consider 2008 to be one of the top 3 vintages of the decade, “a great vintage with low yields and vibrant acidity”. Its older vines were aged for 12 months in 50% new French oak while the younger vines were aged in second year barrels. Medium purple in color with a fragrant nose of cedar, mineral, spice box, lavender, black cherry, and blueberry, on the palate it is smooth-textured, intense, and concentrated with 2-3 years of aging potential. It will perform optimally from 2014 to 2023.

Mas Doix has a story quite common in Priorat in which professional people living in the big cities return to reclaim the family heritage (and are having more fun than they ever did before). Mas Doix’s flagship cuvee is named DOIX Costers Vinyes Velles with an annual production of only 4-7,000 bottles. It is typically a blend of old-vine Garnacha and Carinena (80-108 years of age) with the proportions varying slightly from year to year. The wine is aged in 100% new French oak for 14-18 months.Drink: 2014 - 2023

Justerini&Brooks 2011

A blend of 65% Garnacha, 15% Carinena, 10% Syrah, 5% Merlot, 5% Carbernet Sauvignon from vineyards situated ar a height of 350-450 metres above sea level on steep hillsides slops. The Garnacha and Carinena are old vines of between 70-90 years. Ageing for 14 months in new French oak barrels. Crisp, racy and crunchy, powerful but pure and well-defined, wonderful flavours or chocolate covered cherries, morello, plum oak spice and orange skin fuller more complete than the fresh and fruity Les Crestes, impressive.

Vinous - Nov. 2011 - Josh Raynolds  - 91pts

Vivid ruby. Sexy, intensely perfumed aromas of red and dark berry preserves, spices and minerals. Silky and sweet on the palate, with very good depth and clarity to its raspberry and mulberry flavors. Shows no rough edges and drinks very easily right now but I have no doubt that this will be even better with a few more years of bottle age. This is pretty suave for the money.

2008 / Mas Doix