Mas Doix "Doix" Costers de Vinyes Velles 2013, DOCa Priorat, Spain

2013 vintage, 25% Carignan, 65% Grenache, 10% Syrah. Soils & vines: Doix estate vineyards are situated at a height of 350/500 meters above sea level on hillsides of pronounced slopes, with the characteristic slate soil called “licorella”. The grapes come from vines between 80 and 105 years old, with a small but exceptional average production of 400 gr per vine. Ageing: The elaboration process followed temperature-controlled fermentation with a total maceration period of about 4/5 weeks what allowed a progressive and excellent extraction. The ageing was of 16 months in new French oak. Mas Doix’s flagship cuvee is named DOIX Costers Vinyes Velles with an annual production of only 4-7,000 bottles. It is typically a blend of old-vine Garnacha and Carinena (80-108 years of age) with the proportions varying slightly from year to year. Cherry color, garnet rim. Red fruit aroma, aromatic herbs, spicy, toasty, mineral.Powerful in the mouth, flavorful, balsamic.