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 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.
Highly Recommended - Rich, smoky toasty notes. Stylish, plums and chocolate, very rich, voluptuous. Silky, spicy, vigorous and complex. Gorgeous fruit, persistent, coffee on the finish. Very good length.