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 2005 Blanc de Monsalvat comes from 65-year-old Trepat Blanc vines (there are only 10 acres of this varietal in all of Spain) along with a small amount of old-vine Macabeo. It is fermented in stainless steel and aged in new French oak for 5 months. Production is a tiny 125 cases. The wine is medium gold in color with a beautiful nose of pain grille, minerals, honey, peach, and other tropical aromas. It is full-bodied with a viscous texture, flavors reminiscent of Chateau Beaucastel Vieilles Vignes, terrific intensity, balance, and great length.