Celler Mas Doix, Salanques 2009 (4.5/5)


Notes:

It comes from the older vines of Mas Doix with respect to Les Crestes.

 It appears deep ruby/purple with very good legs. On the nose it's clean offering, with med+ intensity, blackberries, cherries, liquorice, floral notes (lavender and patchouli) some garrigue and distinctive crushed stones-like mineral notes, cedar and cocoa powder.

 On the palate is dry, with refreshing med+ acidity, medium+ tannins giving a serious yet smooth structure, high alcohol, medium+ body with  very good concentration on the mid-palate, leading to a Med+ finish.

Outstanding quality, Approachable Now but will develop for several years and keep for a decade. Premium Price, 65% Grenache, 25% Carignan, 10% Syrah, Poboleda, Priorat, Spain.

I'm amazed how Garnacha-dominated wines like this Salanques (and many others in the region) can be so deep, serious and complex.
Priorat's terroir can make miracles regardless of the grape variety adopted. However, I think it's Carinena, more than any other variety, that gives rise to best expressions of this terroir (especially in the Northern part of the region).  



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