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 Vintage2005 Label 1 of 18 
ProducerMas Doix (web)
VarietyGrenache Blend
DesignationCosters de Vinyes Velles

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2015 and 2030 (based on 16 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Mas Doix Costers de Vinyes Velles on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.5 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 26 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by SineQuaNon on 1/24/2016 & rated 93 points: Still rather youthful from this pristinely stored bottle. Showing oaky notes of the first order (i.e. this must have aged in the highest caliber oak casks). Rated 92-93 (closer to 93) (348 views)
 Tasted by Philippe_C on 12/11/2014 & rated 97 points: Beautiful nose of "terre", very black fruit, characoal, sandalwood, cedar... taste is sappy "cerises du Nord", crispy red berries, loads of nice and dry tannins, finishing on a superbrefreshing acidity.... Great great wine with roasted steak!! (1712 views)
 Tasted by Armando B on 5/28/2014 & rated 92 points: Gigantic wine with the stuffing to carry it. Not for the AFWE. Had very interesting menthol/anise/butterscotch note that I can only recall having experienced in a CH Astralis. Seems like this wine should last for decades. Big dark fruit and spice notes too. Not easy to pair. Memorable. (2007 views)
 Tasted by Stefanos T. on 3/24/2014 & rated 94 points: As it is now it may not be my favorite style of wine but it is really impressive.
Darkly colored with an intense and youthful nose featuring loads of toasty oak,
dark fruit, minerals, aniseed, espresso roast, it is also full bodied as expected, a little
too sweet for my taste but with intensity, complexity and length. I am not sure how
well it goes with food but on its own with small nibbles it is very hedonistic. (2304 views)
 Tasted by Yiannis on 3/23/2014 & rated 95 points: Very dark opaq. On day one the nose was oak-dominated with scents of volatility. On day 2 it was fantastic, with dark plums, chocolate, creamy oak, smoke, sweet spice and minerality. Full-bodied with textbook, velvety tannins, rich fruit, balancing (medium to high) acidity ana a medium-long aftertaste. Needs further cellaring or prolonged decanting to express itself. Hedonistic wine. (2347 views)
 Tasted by Lobonick on 11/6/2013 & rated 92 points: A deep ruby colored wine that is beautiful, layered, and complex from start to finish. Nose seems a bit closed but shows black fruit, spice, and earth. Palate shows black fruit, sweet spice, a tiny bit of black pepper, espresso, and a rich mid-palate that sings. Finish is long. This is a gorgeously beautiful wine that will develop beautifully over time. (2251 views)
 Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 3/30/2013: Off the cork pull lots of roasty toasty oak on the nose. Full mid palate, very short finish. Out classed by Clos Erasmus and L'Ermita. Maybe not a fair comparison but hey, there it is. (2012 views)
 Tasted by A&C on 11/7/2012 & rated 92 points: This was consumed over several nights. Yummy stuff. (2262 views)
 Tasted by cooberp on 10/27/2012 & rated 89 points: Translucent purple. Striking nose--kind of medicinal, with a lot of licorice and a whiff of alcohol. Rich in the mouth with a black cherry profile, not too extracted. I could see the right food bringing out some nuances. (1926 views)
 Tasted by RussK on 10/20/2012 & rated 92 points: RussK. WW at Cafe Seville. My WOTN. nose of fruit and feet. Nice acidityy. Liquid mouth. Black fruit. Playful. Light tannins. Savory refinish. 15% alc but it works. 92+ (1052 views)
 Tasted by cubswinws on 9/30/2012 & rated 93 points: Incredible wine. Deep and rich flavors of dark fruits and some earthiness. Tannins were not overly aggressive. Lovely bottle (1792 views)
 Tasted by sdr on 6/23/2012 & rated 92 points: The wine that just keeps giving. Bottomless pit of black cherry fruit framed by substantial oak. Fortunately, there's a tannic spine to give the package some much needed framework. Another Priorat blockbuster. (1837 views)
 Tasted by phenricsson on 4/18/2012 & rated 93 points: Vibrant, focused cherry flavors but very tannic. Tannins are hard and dusty. Not integrated at all. Hopefully this will meld together over time. I will not open one more of these for at least a year, maybe more. (1663 views)
 Tasted by Dave Dalluge on 11/27/2011 & rated 94 points: Spain and Portugal at Craftsman: More remnants from the other table that made their way to me. An odd way to finish the night after the port, but this really impressed me. The nose gives an expressive melange of coffee, dark fruit and figs. Almost elegant on the palate with great textures and vibrant fruit and a really nice finish. A beautiful way to finish the night. (1453 views)
 Tasted by SevenDayMile on 4/1/2011 & rated 93 points: No detailed notes. Consumed over two days with a long decant on day one.

I'm a fan of the '05 Salanques. This is better, but not enough to justify the big scores and big price. A serious wine with great focus, texture and sweet fruit, but not enough depth and length to put in the classic range. (2219 views)
 Tasted by sdr on 12/25/2010 & rated 90 points: Extremely purple, extremely bright fruit, extremely easy to drink. Is this just another fruit bomb or is it something more? I need to try it again. (2275 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 10/23/2010 & rated 92 points: L.A. Saturday Wine Lunch Group (Lucques Restaurant, Los Angeles, California): Opaque purple red violet color; big, fruity, French vanilla, black plum berry nose; rich, concentrated, black fruit, black plum, berry palate with fairly integrated oak and sweet tannins; medium-plus finish 92+ pts. (50% Carignan, 48% Grenache, 2% Merlot) (2353 views)
 Tasted by RussK on 4/25/2010 & rated 92 points: RUSSK My WWiz Event. Med-full bodied. Tart plum with nice tannic balance. (2582 views)
 Tasted by pian0_player on 9/11/2009 & rated 92 points: Disappointing. The wine has been open for almost five hours, and I keep expecting a miracle, but nothing is giving. The wine is young and closed. Maybe it will improve with age, but right now it is not very exciting. Bright fruit and oak. Hot and tannic. (3047 views)
 Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 3/20/2009: This is massive yet lovely. Really young though. Does feel hot.

As the night when on the heat seem to ease up a bit and be replaced by that beautiful (to me) combination of high voltage Grenache and French Oak. Kinda like a strawberry jam thing with alchohol. Not integrated, still young, and needing time. (3216 views)
 Tasted by nzinkgraf on 3/20/2009: Spanish Reds (Waterford Wines Milwaukee): huge fruit nose, but with some odd chemical sort of aromatics. eh... i bet this would just blow off, but i don't have the time to find out right now. (3647 views)
 Tasted by mmurry on 7/12/2008 & rated 95 points: Spectacular Spain! (Farpointe Cellar): The nose had meat, espresso, cherry, and blueberry. The palate had blueberry and spice, meat and stone, and good cherry finish. (4038 views)
 Tasted by rogerr on 7/8/2008 & rated 93 points: Purchased at Charlie Palmer SCP with dinner. Decanted through a Venturi and then sat for ~ 1 hr. Fruit and dust on the nose. Lots of fruit and graphite on the palate. Very young but not sure I see the 98 pts that the WA sees. (3739 views)
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By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, September/October 2007, IWC Issue #134
(Celler Mas Doix Costers de Vinyes Velles Priorato) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (10/23/2010)
(Mas Doix Priorat Costers de Vinyes Velles) Opaque purple red violet color; big, fruity, French vanilla, black plum berry nose; rich, concentrated, black fruit, black plum, berry palate with fairly integrated oak and sweet tannins; medium-plus finish 92+ pts. (50% Carignan, 48% Grenache, 2% Merlot)  92 points
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Mas Doix

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2005 Mas Doix Priorat Costers de Vinyes Velles

50% carinena
48% garnacha
2% merlot

Grenache Blend

Blend components vary widely by producer and region.


Vinos de España - Wines of Spain (Instituto Español de Comercio Exterior) | Wikipedia

Spain is the third largest wine producing nation in the world, occupying the majority of the Iberian Peninsula with vast diversity in climate, culture, and of course, wine. From inky, dark reds of the [Priorat] to dry, white Finos from Andalusia, Spain can easily boast of elaborating a wide variety of notable styles. Within Spain there are currently 62 demarcated wine regions, of which a handful have gained international recognition: [Rioja], Priorat and [Ribera del Duero]. Yet these regions are only a small sample of the high quality wines Spain produces. Regions such as Cava, Penedes, Somontano, Galicia, Rueda and Jerez are only a few of the numerous regions worthy of exploration throughout Spain. Spain can also lay claim to having the most land under vine in the world, growing up to, by some accounts, 600 indigenous varietals of which Tempranillo is their most well known. Other popular varietals include [Garnacha], Bobal and Monastrell for reds and for whites; the infamous Palomino Fino grape which is used in the production of sherry wine, Pedro Ximenez in Montilla Morilles, Albarino used in the creation of the bright, effervescent wines of Galicia, and Verdejo in Rueda. - Source: - Catavino.net

Spain is not in the forefront of winemaking for its dessert wines, other than for its sweet wines from Sherry country including the highly revered Olorosos and Amontillados. But apart from Sherry Spain has a range of styles of dessert wines, ranging from the those made from the Pedro Ximenez grape primarily in Jerez and Montilla-Moriles) to luscious, red dessert wines made in the Mediterranean from the Garnacha (Grenache) grape. Some good Moscatels are made in Mallorca, Alicante and Navarre. The northwest corner of Spain, Galicia, with its bitter Atlantic climate, is even making dessert wines, called “Tostadillos” in the village of Ribadivia (similar to France’s “Vin de Paille”). The Canary Islands have made interesting dessert wines for centuries (they are mentioned by Shakespeare, for example) and in recent years the quality of winemaking has been improved and the Canary Islands wines are being better marketed now. The winemaking styles for “Vinos Dulces” are also diverse, from “Late Harvest” (Vendimia Tardía) to “Fortified Wines” (Fermentación Parcial). Based on in-spain.info.


About 100 kilometers from Barcelona, Priorat originated as a distinct recognized wine region in 1932, and was approved in 1954.

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