I found this wine thin and monolithic. Light violets and dark cherry on the nose. Nice acidic structure, but bland and one dimensional (cherry) on the palate. Slight improvement with a tomato based pasta, but really nothing special. Would not repurchase.
Tasted at Mas Doix along with Valentí Llagostera. Highly intensive inky purple wine. Clear and bright, Doix lies in the glass with an almost rim-level deep vigorous core extension. Conceivably darker than both Les Crestes 2009 and Salanques 2006, but not opaque. This wine is clearly very young, perhaps too young.
Powerfully this wine sweeps my feet with an almost indescribably layered nose, while still aromatically moderate. Vital, let's give this wine the respect it deserves, by granting it a moment to unwrap from its fetal stage. Incredible, the minerality! A complexity consisting of cacao, plums, licorice, a slight minty tone along with perfumed tobacco. The graphite-dusty mineral aromas takes me back to the hill of the 110 year old Cariñena and Granacha vines I'd just paid a visit.
Thick and gripping Costers de Vinyes Velles seduces your palate, with a full-size sense of terroir. The structure is dreamlike; perfectly balanced, alcohol far from noticeable (2008 vintage is 14,5% ABV put side by side with a number of older vintages with 15% ABV), refreshing tight acidity, full bodied with a distinct flavor intensity, smooth, deep, loaded without ever losing grace and delicacy. The wines lingering finish concludes its outstanding quality, with a plus one minute length.
This wine along with the 2007 vintage is as close to perfect as it gets. A true meditation wine, and even with the public notice lately, a true gem on par with Spain's many top wines. Decant well or cellar for up to 15 years. It's tough to believe superb vintages like 2001 and 2004 to be even finer. An ambrosial wine of such quality at a price of around 100 € receives my QPR stamp without hesitation. http://quaffable.org/?p=81
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