2006 Mas Doix Salanques

Year: 2006
Appellation: Priorat
Country: Spain
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 91
Red Wine
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2009 Wine Spectator Top 100: #53

"A plush texture carries rich flavors of brandied cherry, dark chocolate, cocoa and mountain herbs in this expressive red. The tannins are firm but well-integrated, and the finish is bright and juicy. Drink now through 2014. 1,000 cases imported." (WS)

"The Salanques cuvee is the second wine of Celler Mas Doix, a barrel by barrel declassification from Mas Doix itself. The 2006 Salanques is a blend of 65% Garnacha, 15% Carinena, and the balance Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 14 months in French oak. It offers up an enticing nose of cedar, pencil lead, tar, licorice, and black cherry. Dense, layered, and pleasure-bent on the palate, this well balanced wine will provide pleasure over the next eight years." (WA)

"($50; 65% garnacha, 20% carinena and 5% each of syrah, cabernet sauvignon and merlot) Bright ruby color. Finely etched dark berry and mineral scents are complicated by baking spices, anise and dried flowers. Firm and focused, with energetic blackberry and licorice flavors and a spicy quality emerging with air. This put on weight in the glass and finished with very good, sweet persistence. Drinkable right now." (IWC)

"This could be considered the best deal of the year, depending on your taste. Every wine I write up on this blog is an exceptional deal, but I send out Deal Alerts for the deals that are so good, I expect them to sell out in a matter of days, if not hours. The last two I sent out, Chateau La Vieille Cure 2005 and Robert Craig Affinity 2007 have long since sold out or gone up in price.

Somehow this wine, that came in at #53 on the 2009 Wine Spectator Top 100 list, is still around and available for half of its release price. Mas Doix Salanques has been my favorite Priorat since the 2004 vintage. It’s made from declassified barrels – the ones that didn’t make the cut for their $120, 97 point “Doix” bottling – meaning this is made from the same grapes picked from 70-105 year old vines. It’s lineage shows through, with complex flavors complemented by notable richness and texture.

I believe Mas Doix Salanques is the best Priorat value on the market today, and at this price, it’s vying for deal of the year status." (Nickel & Dime)