Salanques /2014

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


  • GRAPE VARIETIES: 65% Grenache, 25% Carignane, 10 % Syrah
  • 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: A good vintage, without lack of rain, mild temperatures and the typical dry summer. A warm and rainy September made the harvest complex and required a large selection of grapes, which came with a good tannic structure, concentration of flavors and very refreshing acidity.
  • 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.

The Wine Advocate #236 - Apr. 2018 – 93pts

The 2014 Salanques is a blend of 65% Garnacha and 25% Cariñena from vines averaging 70 to 80 years of age and 10% Syrah from 14-year-old vines. The destemmed grapes fermented in stainless steel with neutral yeasts, and the wine matured in 50/50 new and second use French oak barrels for 14 months. It shows very well, with contained ripeness and a mineral, iron-like sensation and some notes of flowers and wild herbs. It has a medium-bodied palate with great freshness and a core of acidity that lifts it up. A powerful yet fresh and balanced Priorat. 16,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in April 2016.

Decanter World Wine Awards 2017   98/100pts - Gold Medal

Intense, mineral nose with vivacious black cherry, wild thyme and black pepper. Dense, concentrated, lively, fruity palate of black cherries with a perfumed finish. The high alcohol is well integrated. - Oct. 2017 - 17/20pts

Bright crimson. Very smart, proper, complex wine. Lovely completeness – great combination of ripeness and definition. A licking-llicorella sensation. Very vibrant. - Oct. 2017 - 93/100pts

Beautifully judged garnacha-carignan-syrah blend from Priorat's llicorella soils with perfumed black fruit and sweet spice flavours, and then a deep, dark but mineral-charged palate with a lick of salty olive. Expensive, but very fine.

Guía Peñín 2018   - 92pts 

Color: intense cherry, maroon rim. Aroma: balsamic, mountain herbs, powerful, with character. Mouth: spicy, balsamic, good acidity. - Joan Nebot Fortuny - 5.01.2017

It is a garnet colored wine with ruby ​​rim, which insinuates the vitality of a still relatively young wine. The aromas in the glass are very intense, with notes of pomegranate, ripe cherry and citrus points of orange and floral notes of viola and aromatic herbs - thyme and bergamot - that once in the mouth give way to licorice and vanilla, with a sweet dairy point typical of Grenache at its optimum point of maturation. The sensation in the mouth is that of the best wines of the Priorat: of pleasant power, of a round and greedy corpulence that still retains a point of freshness that makes it crunchy and elegant and that suggests a good evolution in bottle of a few more years.

It is therefore a wine of the Priorat that by organoleptic characteristics - those perceived through the senses - is among the high-end, while price is at a medium level (yes, just over 30 euros is an average price for a good Priorat wine). It is of those who combine in a delicious balance the power with the freshness, the elegance with the complexity of the nuances, and everything with a facility that confirms that to appreciate the good wines it is not necessary to be an expert, you just have to be willing to enjoy.

Enric Català – Tasting note

Salanques 2014 is presented with a beautiful ruby red color. Brilliance that denotes youth and still short time in the bottle.
Intense color with medium-high depth.
When moving the glass, it has a slightly dense slip, leaving abundant thin and rapid legs.

Just approaching to the glass, we already found a splendid smell. Without noticing you can see that you are facing a great wine. A major wine.
It does not need decantation since the aromas are shown already open and endless complexity (with certain youth though), emphasizing its facet fragrant and highly seductive.
There is a wide range of aromas such as slightly ripe red fruit (cherry, pomegranate) and blood orange nuances, very common of the best old Grenache.
It accompanies the floral and balsamic side of the Carignan (violet, lavender), without forgetting the characteristic feature of the Priorat wines: this cold mineral, the hallmark of many wines of the region.
In the background and without masking, a sweet lactic point, with notes of coconut and coffee coming from its aging during 14 months in French oak barrels (1st and 2nd year).
It is interesting to note the order and precision of this aromatic complexity.

The taste tells us about the vintage 2014: a cool summer and early autumn rain, which helped in a slow and optimum ripening of the fruit. Unlike warmer vintages, this one gives us a live wine, with crisp acidity, medium body and leaving fresh and balsamic sensation.
It is a wine with a lot of potential and it will improve in the coming months, making the tannins softer and the acidity smoother, a sign of its life ahead.
Emphasize the elegance of the wine: delicate, gentle and refreshing end.

Tasted in December 2016.

2014 / Mas Doix