Salanques /2011

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

FEATURES:

  • GRAPE VARIETIES: 65% Grenache, 25% Carignane, 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: Cold Winter. Rainy spring. A cool July with a hot August, particularly at nights. A shorter ripening process where selection of grapes was a “must” .Early harvest beginning September.
  • 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 14 months in French oak barrels.

Wine Advocate #219 – June 2015 - Luis Gutiérrez - 91pts

Curiously enough the oak is more evident in the nose of the 2011 Salanques, as the warmer, drier vintage produced a riper juice that took the aromas and flavors (and possibly tannins) out of the barrels in a different way. It's a blend of 65% Garnacha, 25% Cariñena and 10% Syrah denoting very good ripeness and all those spicy/smoky aromas from the élevage. The palate is powerful, concentrated and ripe with abundant, dusty tannins and a dry, cocoa-tinged finish. Even this will benefit from some more time in bottle. They didn't produce Mas Doix in 2011, so some of the grapes usually destined for the Grand Vin made it into this cuvée. 18,000 bottles produced.

Vinologue Priorat - Miquel Hudin - May 2015 - **pts

Aromas of steel wool, dark fruits, light toasting, and black pepper. Very refined balanced in the body that would be excellent with lamb.

Jancis Robinson - November 2014 - Ferran Centelles - 17.5pts

The nose displays an explosive black-fruit character supplemented by red wild fruits, Mediterranean herbs and meaty touch. Very concentrated palate but still fluid and enjoyable. Slightly warm but it can be considered to have a Mediterranean balance. Deep and with an intriguing salty touch. Consistent and valuable Priorat wine. Drink 2014-2024.

Guía Peñín 2015 - 93pts

Intense cherry, almost garnet in color. Ripe fruit aroma, wild herbs, spicy, creamy oak, dry stone. Balanced, tasty, long, balsamic.

2011 / Mas Doix