2007 Mas Doix Salanques Priorat

Year: 2007
Appellation: Priorat
Country: Spain
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 91
Red Wine
Price :
$23.95
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WOW, WHAT A DEAL!

"The purple-colored 2007 Salanques is composed of 65% Garnacha, 15% Carinena, and the balance Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 14 months in French oak. Aromas of Asian spices, incense, mineral, plum and black cherry are followed by a plush, opulent, pleasure-bent Priorat that delivers awesome value for this pricy DO. Give it 1-2 years to fully blossom and drink it through 2022.

Salanques is the result of a barrel by barrel declassification of Mas Doix’s flagship Costers de Vinas Viejas." (WA)

"65% garnacha, 15% carinena, 10% syrah and 5% each of merlot and cabernet sauvignon) Glass-staining ruby. An intensely perfumed bouquet of crushed red berries, smoky herbs, potpourri and minerals. Lively raspberry and cherry flavors are underscored by tangy minerality and pick up deeper notes of licorice and mocha in the mid-palate. Leaves a trail of juicy red fruit and spice notes behind a nicely persistent, energetic finish. I'd drink this now for its energy and zesty fruit. Note that the price for the excellent 2006 version was $50." (IWC)

HERE WE GO WITH ANOTHER WINNER FROM SPAIN-THIS TIME A SUPERB PRIORAT FOR $23.95 2007 SALANQUES of MAX DOIX of Priorat, Spain

With this issue of the Guide I did not plan and think, “this time I’ll review a lot of Red Spanish Wines,” for my choice of which wines to review is based on what is cur¬rently in the market and meets my strict bargain and quality criteria. It so happens at this time that many wines from Spain fit these criteria and well deserves hearty recommendations in my Guide.

It was a coincidence that only a week before I tried the 2007 Salanques from Priorat, I had the most famous wine of Priorat with is Clos Erasmus – a wine that sells for nearly ten times that of this Salanques. Yes, the Eras¬mus was a bit more complex and longer on the pal¬ate then the Salanques, but this difference was not that great and certainly nowhere commensurate with the fantastic higher price of the Erasmus.

To my palate the fruit flavor that predominated in this wine and was so appealing was that of Strawberries with a hearty bow to ripe cherries and a spicy almost corian¬der touch in the background.

Though we may differ on some fruit emphasis, I agree generally with Robert Parker when he writes of this wine and mentions, “the purple-colored 2007 Salanques is composed of 65% Garnacha, 15% Carinena, and the balance Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 14 months in French oak. Aromas of Asian spices, incense, mineral, plum and black cherry are followed by a plush, opulent, pleasure-bent Priorat that delivers awe¬some value for this pricy DO. Give it 1-2 years to fully blossom and drink it through 2022.”

RATING: 92/93

PRICE: $23.95 ***bargain

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.

(Martin's Guide to Wine Bargains)