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Mas Doix Les Crestes Blend 2011

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92 Pts. Guía Peñín

From one of Priorat’s cooler micro-climates, the Les Crestes vineyards are located 350-400 meters above sea level, on the individualistic slate soils for which the area is known. Deep blue purple color. At the nose shows high intensity, floral, crushed rock/wet steel.  Notes of berries, blueberry and raspberry along with balsamic notes, sweet spices and subtle and elegant toasted hints. Medium to full bodied, pure, well balanced mouthfeel. It is a silky wine with a marked, refreshing and crispy balanced acidity and fleshy tannins which are noticeable but pleasant. Long and persistent finish. Balsamic and fruity retro-olfaction.  The wood was pushed to the background, leaving superb ripeness and texture. Fruity, freshness and expressive. Its good acidity and red fruit character make it very easy to drink.

Grape Variety: 80% Red Garnacha, 10% Carignan and 10% Syrah. 

Vineyard: Mas Doix’s vineyards – Poboleda, DOQa Priorat, Spain
Age of the Vineyard: Grenache vines planted in 1993, Carignan vines were planted in 1912 and Syrah vines were planted in 1993.
Time of Harvest: From September 15th-End October

Altitude: 350-550 metres above sea level

Harvest Method: Grapes picked by hand using boxes of 10 kg. Selection in vineyards and at the entrance of the winery.  Classification berry by berry on a double sorting table in the winery.  
Winemaking:  Pre-fermentative maceration of 8 hours at cold temperature. Fermentation separated by varieties in small tanks of stainless steel at controlled temperature (15 to 20 days at 25°C-28°C). Malolactic fermentation takes place in tanks at controlled temperature of 20°C. 30.000 bottles per year, unfined and unfiltered. 
Winemaker:  Ramon Llagostera and Sandra Doix

Alcohol: 15.0% vol.
Volume: 1500 ml
Residual sugars: 1.1 gr/litre.  
Standard Drinks: 17.8
Peak drinking: Enjoy Now
Best Served: 15°C
Ageing: 10 months in second use French oak barrels