Description: This Wine is a homage to the monks of the courageous carthusian order, who arrived in 'Priorat', in 1095, where they cultivated vines. In 1835 a violent crowd destroyed the work of a lifetime and sacked the monastery, events which later culminated in the auctioning of church lands known as the "Desamortización de Mendizábal". In 1996 the Torres Family began work on the planting of vineyards on the slopes strewn with the hard, black slate-like "Licorella" stone.
Origin: Made by the Torres family and coming exclusively from our vineyards located in the municipalities of Porrera and Lloar, Salmos is a Priorat wine that manages to achieve an unparalleled balance between power and elegance.
Serving suggestions: Game and red meat dishes. Serve at 16-18ºC.
Tasting Notes: Dark in hue and almost opaque, it is fragrant and mineral on the nose while on the palate it is luxurious and oily, but also silky and with a long finish. This darkly coloured wine is reminiscent of jam and liquorish, over a smooth spicy and toasted background, which comes from The French oak barrels.
Salmos is born in a beautiful remote land. The vineyards, planted on slopes of shale (“licorella” stone), undergo extreme changes in temperature between day and night and these natural vicissitudes add to the wine’s appeal. Salmos is a tribute to the Carthusian monks who planted the first grapevines in the Priorat. The wine holds the mysterious legacy of ancient times and wise men.
Appellation: DO Qualificada Priorat
Grape varieties: Cariñena, Garnacha and Syrah
Soil: Shallow soils developed over Carboniferous (Paleozoic) slates that drain swiftly and have a low water holding capacity. It is precisely these soils, located on steep slopes, that give Priorat wines their typicity.
Precipitation: Annual average (historical): 509 mm
Temperature: Annual average (historical): 14.9ºC
Winemaking: Number of days of skin contact: 12-14 days / Type of fermentation: In stainless steel tanks under temperature control and malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels / Number of days of fermentation: 8-9 days / Fermentation temperature: 24-25ºC
Ageing: During 14 months in French oak (20% new)
Tasting notes: Brilliant ruby red color with garnet highlights. Astounding floral (confected rose) and fruit (black cherry) aroma with aromatic herbs (thyme) coming through. Lively and light-bodied on the palate, full of personality, well structured with pleasant tannins and a streak of acidity that promises a good future.
Serving suggestions: A great match for wild game and red meat. Pairs beautifully with Lamb and roasts. Serve at 16–18°C
Awards: 90 points, Wine Advocate (Luís Gutierrez) 2019 (USA)
In 2017, temperatures were within normal range throughout the growth season, but showed some variation across time: the first half was warmer—June was particularly hot—but the ripening period was unusually cool due to lower temperatures in September. In terms of total precipitation, the growth season saw little rainfall, and it is worth noting that the ripening period was especially dry.
Precipitation: Annual total (current vintage): 381 mm
Temperature: Annual average (current vintage): 15.3ºC
Alcohol level: 14.5% vol.
Total acidity: 5.2 g/L (tartarico a.)
Residual sugar: 0.6 g/L
Ageing potential: 8-10 years
SPAIN 2017 Vintage /Extreme weather was seen across the wine world in 2017 and Spain was no exception. For most Spanish regions there were one or more climatic challenges to contend with including spring frost, drought, untypically high summer temperatures and occasional hail storms. Then, mercifully, the going got easier as more typical weather arrived for the August and September ripening period and generally very favourable harvest conditions.
Frost hit areas where it rarely does in Spain – many areas of Galicia were affected with only Rías Baixas getting off lightly. Castilla y León, with its wide stretch of regions from Ribera del Duero to Bierzo, often sees some frost but this year it hit with a vengeance. Jerez was one of the few areas to escape and the central area of Castilla-La Mancha only suffered frost damage in isolated areas.
The long drought and a very hot early summer period tested some varieties, especially non- indigenous ones. Older vines and bush vines with deep roots coped better with the extreme weather and soils with good water retention were a bonus.
The harvest was generally low-yielding and early, having been brought forward by an early bud break. But the length of the harvest varied and thanks to fine weather growers could wait for the best time to pick waiting for each area to reach maturity. In some cases where there was a secondary growth on vines after the frost, the result was a later growing cycle and vines reaching maturity at more typical dates.
Grape quality was often reported to be high with healthy bunches of smaller berries showing intense flavours and excellent ripeness. As always, those offering the best wines from this vintage are likely to have selected their grapes carefully.
While yields are down in 2017, this harvest comes after more generous ones for many Spanish regions in recent years and this should safeguard against supply shortages.
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