Salanques /2012

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,
  • 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.

Decanter #Nov. 2015 – 40th Anniversary – 17pts – Highly Recommended

Intense, red-fruited aromas dance over notes of leather and tar. The blackberry toned palate has an equally tarry richness, brightened by a fresh line of refreshing citrus acidity. Complex, bold and generous with superb, harmonious length. Drink 2015-2020.

Wine Spectator #Sept. 30, 2015 - Tom Matthews - 93pts

Fresh and focused, this firm red delivers bright cherry and wild berry fruit, with floral, citrus and mineral notes. Harmonious to the point of seeming simple, but the elegance masks impressive depth and intensity. Exhibits power with grace. Drink now through 2027. 500 cases imported.

Benjamin Herzog, The Wine Party, Germany, Feb. 2016

Priorat-bomb from Grenache, Carignan and Syrah. The vineyard Salanques lies on 350 to 450 metres above the sea level. The vines stand here on the typical slate grounds of the Priorat. Perfect balance between classical Priorat wine and juicy, prolonged freshness. 

HuonHooke.com - Aug. 2015 - 90pts - Silver Ribbon

Wine Advocate #219 – June  2015 - Luis Gutiérrez - 92pts

Even the entry-level red is produced with the fruit of very old and low-yielding vines (except the French varieties which are always much younger in Priorat), as is the case of the 2012 Salanques, a worthy follow up to the 2010. Opening to aromas of violets that I associate with the 10% Syrah in the blend, the bulk of the blend is Garnacha (65%) and the rest Cariñena and shows lots of power and  balance. This rich, powerful, concentrated Priorat is full of the austerity of the schist slopes and the dry land scape of Poboleda where all their vineyards are located. The tannins are fine-grained and abundant, and the wine should develop and get polished in bottle for a long time. This kind of wine needs really powerful food to match the power of the wine. I see better balance and freshness here than in the 2011. The yields were minuscule in 2012, 500 or 600 grams of grapes per plant, which means they needed the fruit of two vines to produce one bottle of Salanques. 18,000 bottles produced.

Vinous - Sept 2014 - Josh Raynolds  - 92pts

Inky ruby. High-pitched red fruit and floral scents are complicated by fresh flowers and Asian spices. Lively and intensely fruity on the palate, offering tightly focused raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that gain sweetness on the back half. Finishes spicy and long, with excellent clarity and just a hint of tannins.

Guía Peñín 2016 - 94pts

Bright cherry color, garnet rim. Aroma with character, expressive, wild herbs, spicy. Palate: good acidity, ripe fruit, long in the mouth.

2012 / Mas Doix