Lots of raspberry and blackberry fruit and a great spicy aroma. Excellent value. Read more
Rating 90: Very well balanced restrained body, Nose is perfectly elegant balanced with restrained berry aromas. Read more
scents of berries, spice, leather, and barnyard dry with cherry and mocha nice licorice finish Read more
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Lots of raspberry and blackberry fruit and a great spicy aroma. Excellent value.
Rating 90: Very well balanced restrained body, Nose is perfectly elegant balanced with restrained berry aromas.
scents of berries, spice, leather, and barnyard dry with cherry and mocha nice licorice finish
Very spicy, aromatic nose with pepper and some other spices that I can't quite put my finger on. Notes of oak accompany berry fruit. Medium body with a somewhat light mouthfeel. Moderately firm tannins. Even though the varietals in this wine are the same as in the Rhone wines I often drink, this wine definitely has a style all its own.
I didn't know much about Monstant before tasting this wine. Afterwards, I ran and looked it up. Monstant is a new-ish region (2001) and it's neighbor to the great Priorat. Cellar de Capcanes is a collective of growers and apparently were/are a large producer of kosher wines in Spain. Who'd thunk? Also, the label on this vintage is very handsome. I know, I know. The label doesn't matter, but it is. Handsome. This wine, in my book (which is green if you are wondering) is a great value. Let it breathe for a bit and it will begin to really open up - although I will note that it is a bit hot on the nose. The blend is 85% Grenache and the rest Syrah and the nose reflects that. Tiny bit of pepper. Juicy black fruit. Mint/Menthol. It's very interesting. My nose stayed planted in it. On the palate, the acidity is good. The body is average. The alcohol isn't as obvious here. Flavors are about the sames but with additional... black tea flavors? What is that? Something I am not getting. The finish is all ripe plums and ends a little flabby. Final review: lovely.
Licorice, blueberry, and violets with just a touch of smoke on the nose. Unfortunately, the subtle and lingering olfactory sensations translate poorly into a distressingly sour taste.
extremely spicy with hints of minerals... excellent value.
External Reviews for Capcanes Mas Donis Barrica
A custom cuvee for the American importer, the 19,000 case 2003 Mas Donnis Barrica was aged ten months in both American and French oak. Its dense ruby/purple color is followed by sumptuous aromas of blueberries, black currants, cold steel, and minerals. Evocative of a baby Priorat, it possesses an amazing fragrance, considerable nobility as well as complexity, medium to full body, and a long, concentrated, heady finish. Enjoy it over the next 5ndash;7 years.
Blending Garnacha from 80 year old vines with young impetuous Syrah from the steep hills of Spainrsquo;s Tarragona region creates a medium-bodied wine with strong characteristics of dusty earth, ripe red fruit and festive spice. Formidable tannins give way to a soft, pleasant finish. Perfect to enjoy now, or cellar a few bottles and enjoy the evolution of this wine.
Made for the American market, the 2002 Mas Donis Barrica is a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah aged 10 months in a combination of American and French oak. There are 15,000 cases of this offering, which tastes like a baby Priorat. A dense purple color gives up scents of creosote, blackberries, kirsch liqueur, new saddle leather, and meat. Complex, rich, and nearly too serious for a wine in this price range, this is a concentrated, heady 2002 to enjoy over the next 2ndash;3 years. It is a great value!
The 2000 Mas Donis possesses a dense purple color as well as aromas of blue and black fruits intermixed with earth, camphor and spice. Medium-bodied, with loads of fruit and fine purity, it is best drunk over the next 5ndash;6 years.
The 2004 Mas Donis Barrica is 85% Garnacha from 80+-year-old vines and 15% Syrah aged for 8 months in French and America 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 4ndash;6 years.
The purple-colored 2007 Mas Donis Barrica is a blend of 85% Garnacha (from vineyards over 80 years of age) and 15% Syrah. Aged for eight months in French and American oak, it was bottled without fining and filtration. It offers up an alluring bouquet of smoke, pencil lead, earth notes, clove, cinnamon, and black cherry. This leads to a wine with remarkable depth and concentration for its humble price, savory flavors, and a fruit-filled finish. Although it is likely to evolve for 1ndash;2 years, there is no reason to delay gratification.
It offers up an expressive noes 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 guilty. It is a great value.
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