"Classic Priorato aromatics of raspberry, cherry, schisty mineral and smoke are welcoming. Elegant and firm in the mouth, with drying tannins and staunch red fruit flavors of cherry and tomato blended with wild herbs and reeds. Earthy and dry on the finish, and not overpowering or overripe."
“The Montgarnatx is a medium ruby red wine composed of 65% Garnacha and 35% Cariñena. Fermented in stainless steel and aged for 10 months in 2-3 year-old barriques, it is medium-bodied with aromas and flavors of plum and earth with notes of forest floor and chocolate. The wine is beautifully balanced and has a persistent finish.”
Opens with rooty, mature aromas of tobacco, baked berry and raisin, while the palate is full and roasted, with sweet baked-plum and brown sugar flavors. Mature and ready to go, with head-to-toe sweetness and molasses accents. Not a hard, tannic wine.
The 2004 Montsalvat is 100% Carinena sourced from 80-100-year-old vines and aged for 18 month in new French oak. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it proffers a brooding aromatic array of scorched earth, mineral, leather, lavender, plum, and blackberry. Opulent on the palate with a Reubenesque personality, the wine is dense, powerful, and succulent.
The 2002 Montsalvat is 70% Carinena and 30% Garnacha from 80- to 100-year-old vines. The wine was aged for 18 months in new French oak before bottling without fining or filtration. Opaque purple-colored, it has a great perfume of pain grille, slate, spice box, black cherry and wild blueberry. Already complex, sweet, and forward, the wine has wonderful flavors but is a bit lacking in depth, probably due to the vintage. It will provide great pleasure over the next 12 years.
The 2004 Montgarnatx is a blend of 75% Garnacha and 25% Carignan from relatively young vines planted in a challenging terroir yielding less than a ton of fruit per acre. The wine was fermented in stainless steel and aged for 8 months in used French oak. Dark ruby/purple in color, the wine gives off lovely aromas of cedar, cinnamon, kirsch, blueberry, and licorice. This is followed by a full-bodied wine with ripe, plummy, balsamic and blue fruit flavors of superb intensity, lots of depth, and a long, pure finish.
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.