Wine Advocate 92 points for previous vintage – Grapes from younger vines are used for the 2016 Les Crestes, which is also released earlier. It’s a blend of Garnacha with 20% Carinena and 10% Syrah matured in second use French oak barrels for eight months. 2016 was a dry growing season saved by a cooler September with some rain, which resulted in a relaxed and long harvest of grapes with good ripeness and acidity. It’s young, tender and aromatic, a gentle Priorat with a juicy palate and a fresh personality. Really attractive and pleasant. 48,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in June 2017..April/2018
Les Crestes is a 3 hectare vineyard planted with young-vine Garnatxa averaging 20 years old with makes up the bulk of the cuvee named for this site. About 10% each Syrah (from Mas de l’Osso) and 80 year old vine Carinyena (from Els Ullastres) are added to compliment the Garnatxa from Les Crestes. Despite its reasonable price, the same care is taken in the winemaking: a first selection in the vineyard, a second at the cellar door and a third after destemming followed aging in neutral French oak barrels.