2005 Cellers Capafons-Osso Masia Esplanes Montsant (Previously $30)

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Produced by Priorat based Capafons-Osso, this Montsant is along the lines of the winery's relatively traditionally styled Priorats. It is big and muscular, but the intense dark fruit really shimmers with balanced acidity, and is supported by a backbone of the typical slate minerality which unfortunately gets lost in other wineries' heavy-handed barrique aging and manipulative winemaking. As the suggested retail is $30, this is quite a good deal for a top-notch wine from this terrific D.O., rivaling many Priorats that sell for more than twice the price.

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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/19/2010 | Send Email
How does 50% off the regular price for a great bottle of wine sound? This $30.00 blend of Merlot, Cab., Granache, Carignane and Syrah with several years of bottle age is a great wine and a great value at only 15 bucks. Think Priorat here: tons of dark fruit, muscular structure, balancing acidity and a deep, mineral infused finish. This is a big, rich wine that has the power and balance to handle the ripe fruit and plush texture. VALUE.

Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/30/2009 | Send Email
Besides Greg St. Clair, two other wine buyers for K&L have had a really bad influence on me, in terms of what has been going into my wine cellar now: Joe Manekin (Spanish and South America) and Mulan Chan (French Regional and Rhone Valley). They are really dangerous people in that they keep finding remarkable wines at prices totally unrelated to their exceptional qualities. Let's start with that Wascallly Wabbit wine buyer, Joe Manekin. He turned me on to a Spanish Gem recently that is to die for: the Cellers Capafons-Osso 2005 Massia Esplanes Montsant, a Priorat-lookalike that is rich, broad, and complex. Deep ruby in color, the opulent nose shows tons of cassis, terroir, power, and richness that carries over to its very impressive set of flavors, with dark chocolate undertones and a finish that just absolutely goes on into the night. This is an amazing wine of monumental proportions that will easily age another 10-plus years, if that is what you want to do with it. According to Anderson, we need several cases of this Gem to nurse us through the next several winters. 14.5% abv
Drink from 2010 to 2020

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- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.