2005 Celler de Capcanes "Mas Donis" Barrica Montsant (Previously $11)

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91 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Mas Donis Barrica is a custom cuvee made for importer Eric Solomon using old-vine Garnacha (80+ years) and Syrah (30+ years). The 2005 Mas Donis Barrica is 85 % Garnacha and 15% Syrah aged for 8 months in French and American oak before bottling without fining or filtration. It offers up an expressive nose of slate, mineral, licorice, violets, black cherry, and blueberry. Layered, long, and complex, this spicy, hedonistic effort has 2-3 years of aging potential but can be enjoyed now without guilt. It is a great value." (02/08) From Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark red. Fresh raspberry and cherry aromas are complemented by suave vanillin oak spice and smoked meat. Broad dark berry flavors pack impressive flavor punch and offer excellent clarity. Pure and expansive on the finish, with the gentle vanilla quality repeating. Drinking very well now." (Sept/Oct '07)

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By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/19/2008  | Send Email
If you are a fan of Cotes du Rhone wines then I would suggest trying this wine. Montsant is becoming one of my favorite wine-growing areas, providing affordable "Priorat-style" wines. This wine has a dark color with vanilla and red fruit aromas. On the palate it starts off astringent, but it is followed by nice focused red fruit and a long finish.
Top Value!

 By: Mike Callahan |  Review Date: 11/29/2010 
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The first aroma that is evident in this wine is the musty smell. It tends to be a put off until you taste the wine. Although there is still a trace, the aroma and flavor now move to that of a deep red and hardy fruit. I definitely disagree with Parker's 91 rating and would think something in the mid 80's is more appropriate.

 By: Meghan Mccarty |  Review Date: 9/5/2010 
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This Montsant really packs in a lot of pleasure for its price. I've come to realize that I may be partial to grenache-based blends. This one delivers extremely bright red fruits in a medium body with just enough musty barnyard and sagey brush notes to keep it grounded and interesting. It definitely reminded of a Cotes-du-Rhone but it also has its own unique freshness that sets it apart. A stellar deal.

 By: Sassy Wine Belly |  Review Date: 3/3/2010 
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Aroma - matchsticks, musty (Old World)
Taste - dark fruit, moderate tannins, not as musty as its aroma.

See complete tasting notes at http://sassywinebelly.blogspot.com/2010/03/mas-donis-barrica-old-vines-2005.html

 By: Nick Sanders |  Review Date: 12/26/2009 
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This wine was good enough that I added a detour to Montsant on my recent visit to Spain. It turns out it's a special release, targeted specifically at American wine drinkers, but is still relatively representative of the region. I'd recommend it.

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Other Red Wines

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Spain

- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14