The 2001 Montsalvat is a gargantuan effort composed of 70% Carinena from 70 to 80 year-old vines and 30% Garnacha of the same age with yields of less than a ton per acre. The wine was aged 16 months in new French oak and bottled unfined and unfiltered. The color is a nearly black/purple with a huge nose of marzipan, mineral, vanilla, and wild blue and blackberries. Full-bodied, the wine has an untamed, rustic feel on the palate with layered, opulent blue and black fruits as well as a balsamic note, and a splendid integration of oak, acid, and tannins. Like most of the stars in Priorat, Francesc Sanchez Bas, an agricultural engineer, only started his estate as recently as 1996.