Capcanes is a village inland from Tarragona in Catalonia north-east Spain. Celler de Capcanes is a wine co-operative group founded by 5 families in 1933 which started bottling their own wines in the late 90's begining with the first range of Kosher wines in Spain for centuries.There are now 70 families and the co-operative is encouraging organic viticulture. They also produce olive oil.
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
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 2ndash;3 years of aging potential but can be enjoyed now without guilt. It is a great value.
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.
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.
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.
Engaging fresh cherry, clove and coffee aromatics harmonize with rich concentrated flavors that softly lay on the palate, yet finishes clean and crisp.
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.
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 witho... Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from Tarragona in Spain. 2005 Mas Donis Capcanes Barrica 750ml