2004 Celler de Capcanes "Mas Donis" Barrica Montsant, Spain (Elsewhere $13)

SKU #1025247

90 points from Robert Parker! He says, " The 2004 Mas Donis Barrica is 85% Garnacha from 80+-year-old vines and 15% Syrah aged for 8 months in French and American oak. Opaque purple, it has a wonderfully expressive nose of spice box, pencil lead, pepper, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. On the palate the wine is full-bodied with layers of ripe, spicy black fruits, nicely concealed tannins, and a long, pure finish. It is an outstanding value for drinking now and over the next 4-6 years." (Feb. 2007) From Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, dark red. Superripe nose offers licorice, flowers and spicy, smoky oak. Creamy, supple and sweet, with fairly dense flavors offering good definition and supported by solid structure. Not complex but serious and packed with fruit." (Sept/Oct '05) The 2004 "Mas Donis" has done well with an extra year in the bottle and is tasting great right now. Need instant gratification? This is one of the first rocks you should look under. Perfect for pork or chicken dishes, this wine wows with its gamey nose packed full of braised meats, lilac, mesquite smoke and an underlying sappy blackberry note. Round and mouthfilling with a fine, silky texture and polished flavors of caraway, cocoa powder, licorice and blueberry this goes down easy, but is far from a one trick pony. With great cut present on the finish displayed in its snappy cranberry and fennel flavors, this is a complete wine, a complete wine for a sawbuck. (Bryan Brick, K&L)

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Alcohol Content (%): 14