"Thick and rich on the palate, this deeply colored white offers bold flavors of coffee, cardamom, buttered toast and dried quince. Quite tannic, this finishes with notes of earth and spice. Distinctive."
"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 2008 Blanc de Montsalvat is 60% Macabeo and 40% Trepat aged in new French oak barriques for 5 months. Light gold colored, it offers up a perfume of mineral, candle wax, pit fruit, and tropical aromas. On the palate the oak is nicely integrated providing a creamy texture. The fruit is ripe buttressed by lively acidity and the finish is smooth and long.
[A] blend of 50% Macabeo and 50% Trepat aged in new French oak for five months. Light gold-colored, it offers up enticing aromas of clove, cardamom, candle wax, and melon. Full-bodied and dry on the palate, it has a viscous texture, dry, honeyed flavors, and excellent balance.
The 2006 Blanc de Montsalvat is composed of 60% old-vine Macabeu and 40% Trepat Blanc. It spent 4 months sur-lie with batonnage but no malolactic fermentation. It was then aged for 5 months in new French oak. Light gold in color, this exotic wine has intense aromas of mineral, honey, marzipan, and creme brulee. Dry on the palate with superb richness and full body, notes of cardamom and clove make an appearance. The finish is long and pure. Drink it over the next 3-5 years.
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.