Mas Doix Costers de Vinyes Velles 2013
|Region||Spain, Catalonia, Priorato|
Winemaker Notes :
Great vintage. Temperatures were lower than usual with a rainy spring. Dry and hot summer and autumn. Harvest was two weeks later than usual, with very good balance between sugar, acidity and phenolic maturity.
Blend: 55% Carignan, 45% Grenache
The wine that used to be the top of the range until the old-vine, single-vineyard Cariñena was released is the 2013 Doix Costers de Vinyes Velles. It is a phenomenal blend of 55% Cariñena and 45% Garnacha from very old vines planted on schist (llicorella) slopes in the village of Poboleda. Dark, almost opaque with a bright border, the nose is more about black fruit, peat, graphite and some shoe polish, with a generous dose of oak, a little raw (from youth) but with harmony and huge potential to develop. The bunches are hand-harvested and the grapes selected one by one in a double sorting table and fermented in stainless steel. The wine matured in new French oak barriques for 16 months, in a straightforward process, because what's important here is the quality of the grapes, mostly from centenary vines. There is great harmony in the palate, too, intense and penetrating without being aggressive, elegant and balanced in an XXL way. I see great freshness in these 2013s, one of the best vintages I've tried from Mas Doix. This should age forever. 5,500 bottles were filled in April 2015.
A pillowy texture carries harmonious flavors of black cherry, licorice, orange peel and cola, supported by light tannins and citrusy acidity. Not muscular, but has energy and focus. Drink now through 2021.