Mas Doix “Les Crestes” Priorat 2016 [6/cs]

mas doix les crestes
Spain Priorat
Grenache and Grenache Blends
Type: Red Table Wine
Vintage: 2016
“Les Crestes” is a fresh, fruity, and expressive wine from Priorat’s exceptional 2016 vintage, when a long and moderately warm growing season produced perfect fruit. For a modestly priced Priorat, this vintage will age very well!

 

The blend is 80% Grenache, 10% old-vine Carignane, and 10% Syrah, all culled from the steep, licorella soil vineyards. Fruit was hand-picked in small crates, then sorted twice at the winery and vinified by vineyard parcel. The wine aged eight months in fine-grain second-fill French oak barrels. It was bottled unfined and unfiltered.

 

“Outstanding notes of black cherries, blackberries, graphite, lead pencil shavings, violets and beautiful minerality all emerge from the glass and this beauty is ripe, plump, rounded, and incredibly textured on the palate, with sweet tannin. It’s a beautifully pure, sexy little fruit bomb to drink over the coming 4-5 years.”

92 points, Jeb Dunnuck, The Rhone Report, Feb 2018


“Poboleda is another village where Cariñena excels, and the 1902 old-vine cuvée from Mas Doix can be a very good example. If last time I was delighted because I had two vintages of that wine, this time I got three! Could it be that they are selling at a faster pace now? Grapes from younger vines are used for the 2016 Les Crestes, which is also released earlier. It’s a blend of Garnacha with 20% Cariñena and 10% Syrah matured in second use French oak barrels for eight months. 2016 was a dry growing season saved by a cooler September with some rain, which resulted in a relaxed and long harvest of grapes with good ripeness and acidity. It’s young, tender and aromatic, a gentle Priorat with a juicy palate and a fresh personality. Really attractive and pleasant.”

92 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, April 2018