Wine of the Week – 2006 Mas Doix Priorat “Salanques”

We have been preaching the gospel of Priorat here at Table Wine for many months now, and many of you have responded to our evangelizing as evidenced by the rapid sales of the Black Slate wines.  Situated in the northeastern corner of Spain, the best vineyards of the region lie on steep hillsides covered with rocks.  The vine is truly “stressed” here, resulting in wines with a powerful and rugged personality.

The Doix family have been in the wine business since the late 1800’s, but it wasn’t until 1998 when Ramon Llagostera took the reigns of the property that the wines began to experience worldwide fame.  Their vineyards are planted primarily to Grenache and Carignan and most of the vines average 70 to 100 years of age.

Their 2006 Salanques is a blend of 65% Grenache, 15% Carignan and smaller amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah aged for 14 months in French oak. Right out of the bottle, the wine shows a deep and dense, nearly opaque color and sports a nose of cedar, spice box, mineral, tar and dark berry compote.  On the palate, the wine is seamless and nicely textured with notes of blackberry, blueberry, peppery spice and mineral.

The Wine Advocate scored it at 93 points and said it would drink well through 2017.  We concur and were lucky enough to secure 3 cases of this wine before it moves into the more current vintage.  This would be a great one to drink through the fall and winter months with hearty stews or big pieces of meat, but food isn’t necessary.

Regular Price: $39.99/bottle

Sale Price: $29.99/bottle
(through 9/25) 

The only rule is that you must mention that you saw this offer via the e-newsletter or the website to get the sale price. 

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