Mas Doix Doix Costers Vinyes Velles 2010, Priorat, Spain (750ml)
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|| Grapes:||55% Carignan, 45% Grenache|
|| Type:||Dry Red|
|| Region:||Priorat DOQ|
|| Ratings:||WA 95, JR 17.5/20|
| Elegance and complexity, exclusive and strong personality; very limited production.
The Doix estate vineyards are situated at a height of 350/500 meters above sea level on hillsides of pronounced slopes, with the characteristic slate soil called "licorella". The grapes come from vines between 80-105 years old, with a small but exceptional average production of 400 gram per vine.
2010 was a magnificent vintage which had resulted in a wine that reflected a prodigious combination of refinement, subtleness, sharpness and strength. Balance all over.
Temperature-controlled fermentation with a total maceration period of about 4/5 weeks what allowed a progressive and excellent extraction. The ageing was of 16 months in new French oak.
95 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #211: "The wine has the power, concentration and balance of the old vines and is a textbook Priorat with those alluring aromas of wet slate and ripe blackberries. The 16 months aging in new French oak become unnoticeable when you have this intensity of fruit, and the aromas and tannins from the barrels are neatly integrated into the fruit. This is a big, elegant Priorat that should evolve nicely in bottle. 5,500 bottles were produced in 2010. Drink 2015-2025. 2010 seems like a very successful year for the wines of Mas Doix which are powerful and reflect their origin but show very good balance. The old vine cuvee is a really profound Priorat." (Luis Gutiérrez, March-2014)
17.5 points, Jancis Robinson: "This is a very intense wine, concentrated, ripe, full in body but very well driven through the palate. Muscular but still fresh, with very black ripe fruit impact on the palate. Unequivocally low-yielding Priorat, some mature notes are starting to loo. Drink 2014-2018." (Ferran Centelles, November-2014)