2015 Celler de Capçanes "Mas Donis" Old Vines Montsant

SKU #1372146 92 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The deep ruby/purple colored 2015 Mas Donis Old Vines is billed as a poor man's Priorat from Importer Eric Solomon, and I certainly can’t disagree with him. Blackberries, blueberries, peppery, hints of violets and some minerality all emerge from this juicy, ripe, sexy red that's an undeniable joy to drink. The wine is a blend of 85% Garnacha and 15% Syrah, brought up all in concrete tanks.  (2/2018)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Mas Donis Old Vines is the custom cuvée for the US market. It's mostly Garnacha with some Syrah fermented separately in stainless steel with some 50% full clusters followed by malolactic in concrete and bottled after 80% of the wine matured in French oak barrels for nine months. There is ripe fruit and little wood here, it's aged in older barrels and they are trying to make it even fresher; starting in 2016 they fermented with some full clusters. Of course, 2015 is a warm and dry vintage, and the wine shows the character of the year, in a nice way, with peachy and floral rather than pruney aromas. It's a very good value, and it's also juicy and approachable and serious enough for more sophisticated consumers. 48,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in November 2017. (LG)  (4/2018)

K&L Notes

From the D.O. of Montsant in Cataluña, the appellation and its 2,000 hectares of vineyard were designated in 2001 to highlight the superior quality of the region. Montsant actually wraps around the celebrated Priorat. While the soils generally contain less schist than Priorat, the measure of quality in the wines is perhaps more importantly enabled by their old vine status, highly calcareous parcels, and variety of mesoclimates - generally cooler than in Priorat.


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By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/28/2018 | Send Email
Let me tell it to you straight: Montant is not poor man's Priorat. Rather, it is the millionaire next door's house red! This is because she (our millionaire next door) recognizes quality and value. Perhaps, as well, given her level of savvy, she knows that Montsant generally is not quite as hot as Priorat, has a wider variety of soil types, including lots of sand, clay, and calcareous sections, lending more possibilities for blending as well as fresher wines with healthy levels of acidity. As you have read, Mas Donis has indeed been slightly re-jiggered and it is a very fine value, better than ever. I strongly recommend it.

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/8/2018 | Send Email
Juicy and rich without being too sweet or hot. This old vine Montsant is just the ticket. At the ridiculous price of $11.99 and with much of the character of the Priorat appelation that it surrounds, it deserves a top value mark. The thread of herbaceousness that runs through the wine makes it a great food pairing as well as pleasantly refined as a cocktail wine.
Top Value!

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/8/2018 | Send Email
The nose of this wine shows focused fruit, less of the overtly effusive character this wine showed in the past. While there are arrays of fruit aromatics they seemed restrained while showing an assortment of fresh berries rather than any jammy notes. On the palate there is more evident tannin, focusing the textural experience onto the center of your tongue where it gives a more claret like expression. The flavors are restrained, fresher blackberry with a smidgen of leather and hints of wild herb. Overall this is a departure from the past for this wine, more in my palate direction, it seems less over the top fruity, more restrained and balanced.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/8/2018 | Send Email
Another stellar value from Capcanes. This Tuesday night drinker is full of dusty, earthy black fruits, leather, dried herbs and spices. Medium bodied with a nice balance of fruit and savory notes. On old vine value that's tough to beat and super food friendly.

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Varietal:

Grenache

- Fat, ripe and rich with ample fruit and vibrant acidity, wines made from Grenache are easy to love. While its origins are still under dispute - some suggest Spain, where it is called Garnacha, while others say it came first from Sardinia, where it is called Cannonau - it is inarguably one of the most planted varietals in the world. A hearty grape, Grenache does well in hot, dry regions and its sturdy stalk also makes it well-suited to withstand blustery conditions like the Provençal Mistral. It ripens at relatively high sugar levels, which translates to higher potential alcohol in the wines it produces. Grenache may be most famous in the Southern Rhône areas such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas where it has long been an important component of delicious blends. But it's also the source of the crisp rosés from Tavel, Lirac and Provence, and age-worthy vins doux naturels like Rivsaltes and Banyuls. Grenache is also found in large swaths of northeastern Spain, in Navarre, in Rioja, where it plays a supporting role in blends with Tempranillo, and in the distinctive wines of Priorat. The grape was once the most widely planted varietal in Australia, though Shiraz and Cabernet have overtaken it. In California, Grenache plantings have dwindled from their heyday in the San Joaquin Valley, but it is starting to see a resurgence, albeit in smaller plantings, where other Rhône varietals thrive.
Country:

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