Balance, intensity and purity. Transmits the authentic character of Priorat.
Its purple color speaks to how highly concentrated and extracted this wine is, and the floral aromas, black fruit and chalky minerality speak to the pedigree of the vineyards. On the palate, the wine is completely balanced, with full body, good acid, ripe tannins, and a velvety mouthfeel.
GRAPE VARIETIES: 65% Garnacha, 25% Carinena, 10% Syrah
ALCOHOLIC CONTENT: 15%.
SOILS & VINES: 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". Wine elaborated with Grenache and Carignan of old vines between 70 and 90 years, as well as younger vines for varieties of Syrah,
VINTAGE AND CLIMATE: A magnificent vintage. Very cool winter with snow and rain. Rainy spring with moderate temperatures. Fresh summer. Hot August with significant contrast day/night. Temperate and rainy September. A prodigious combination of refinement, subtleness, sharpness and strength. Balance all over.
AGEING: Grapes picked by hand using 10 kg. boxes. Selection in vineyards and at the entrance of the winery. Classification berry by berry on a double sorting table in the winery. Aging of 14 months in French oak barrels.
By Wine Advocate
"The 2010 Salanques is a blend of 65% Garnacha and 25% Carinena from old vines and 10% young-vine Syrah aged for 14 months in 50/50 new and used French oak barrels. The nose has floral and fruit aromas with the oak adding just a spicy touch and the slate soil taking the leading role. The palate is extremely tasty, with pungent aromas and flavors that are long and persistent with the help of the well-integrated alcohol, finishing with a mineral taste that makes it almost salty. A great Salanques and quite good price for this quality in Priorat. 18,000 bottles were produced."
By Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Inky ruby. Deep, powerful cherry and dark berry scents are complicated by suggestions of licorice and pipe tabacco. Concentrated blueberry and plum compote flavors pick up a roasted coffee quality with air, along with a hint of bitter chocolate. This muscular but surprisingly energetic wine finishes smoky, spicy and long, with an echo of candied blue fruits.