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Now In Stock: 98-Point Classic from Mas Doix - Sub-$40 Salanques - 11/30/2017 - Spain

In this year's single-blind annual tasting, Decanter gave a massive 98-point mark to the now in stock 2014 Mas Doix Salanques. For a bit of perspective, this is the high mark for any Priorat and tied for the top Spanish red which included over 1100 entries. That is a lot of wine for a modest sub-$40 red and quickly elevates 2014 Salanques to a must-own territory. A common thread among the 2014 Priorats is their intoxicating fragrance, which the "Salanques" delivers in spades. The nose alone is well worth the cost of admittance. On the palate there’s ample depth and concentration, but it’s the wine’s underlying elegance which truly sets it apart. Fresh, bright, and vivacious this 2014 captures everything we love about Priorat and is crafted in an open and accessible style that is sure to make many a fan. It’s stunning a wine this well composed doesn’t cost double its price.

Doix & Llagostera family began producing wine in 1998 and in that relatively short span has established Mas Doix as one of the premier estates in the region and, in turn, firmly placing Priorat as one of the truly great wine regions of the world. The 2014 "Salanques" very much continues in this tradition of excellence and counts among the best wines ever produced at this highly revered estate. Notably, Mas Doix's home village of Poboleda is one of the higher elevation, fresher, cooler villages to grow grapes in all Priorat, which translates into wines that have more lifted aromatics and brighter acidity which balances perfectly against the ripe, fleshy fruit. For fans of deep, power-driven reds that also offer elegance and poise this is a sure-fire winner.

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2014 Mas Doix "Salanques" Priorat ($39.99)

98 points Decanter: "65% Garnacha, 25% Cariñena, 10% Syrah. Tasting notes: Intense, mineral nose with vivacious black cherry, wild thyme and black pepper. Dense, concentrated, lively, fruity palate of black cherries with a perfumed finish. The high alcohol is well integrated." (05/2017)

92 points Wine & Spirits: "Mostly old-vine garnacha and cariñena, this blend includes ten percent syrah off younger vines, all grown around Poboleda. Its a youthful wine, wild in black-cherry and gooseberry flavors, spices and herbs. It feels firm, yet theres enough room for a lovely acidity to make its way through, refreshing the palate. Tight and powerful right now, it needs beef tamales." (10/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "25% old Carignan, 65% Garnacha, 10% Syrah. Bright crimson. Very smart, proper, complex wine. Lovely completeness great combination of ripeness and definition. A licking-llicorella sensation. Very vibrant. 17/20 Points (JR)" (09/2017)

Chantel Carroll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 01, 2017

Yes, it is true what Joe said in the earlier review of this wine. I was impressed - very impressed. There is something so special about the Priorat region, truly an area that expresses great terroir. You get generous fruit combined with unique minerality from the soils. On the nose I got ripe black cherry, plum, black pepper and licorice. On the palate concentrated lush black and red fruits, dried flowers and a balance of minerality that only Priorat offers.

Staff ImageJoe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 28, 2017

This is Priorat!! My colleague Chantel and I tasted the 2014 Mas Doix Salanques earlier today and were both impressed - very impressed. While we come to expect rich fruit and structured tannins in Priorat at this price, what made both of us take notice was the extraordinary energy and freshness of the wine, combined with a tactile feel of minerals. While I don't go around licking Llicorella (Catalan dialect for slate) this wine has the feel of a richly fruited Mediterranean red with a tight mineral core. I love it because it's so generous and delicious now, with loads of lively black cherry and raspberry flavors and sweet violet florals lingering on the palate as well. A phenomenal Priorat.