Mas Doix Salanques DOQ 2011, Priorat, Spain (750ml)
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|| Grapes:||65% Grenache, 25% Carignan, 10% Syrah|
|| Type:||Dry Red|
|| Region:||Priorat DOQ|
|| Ratings:||WA91, JR 17.5/20|
| Balance, intensity and purity. Transmits the authentic character of Priorat.
The 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". Made of Grenache, 70-90 year old Carignan and the younger Syrah. Grapes are hand harvested then sorted berry by berry on a double sorting table in the winery. Ageing of 14 months in French oak barrels.
91 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #219: "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." (Luis Gutiérrez, June-2015)
17.5 points, Jancis Robinson: "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." (Ferran Centelles, 22-Oct-2014)