Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Mas Donis Barrica Cellar de Capcanes Montsant 2005 Old Vines

Mas Donis Barrica is another fine example of the great things that are happening with Spanish wine right now. This country has undergone a quality revolution as of late, and they are producing excellent wines that won't empty your wallet. Much like with Spanish cuisine, you will find a great combination of old world tradition with a new world twist.

Montsant is a lesser known Spanish region that is very close to the famed region of Priorat. Among serious wine drinkers, Priorat has a reputation for making some of the finest wines in the world. Montsant is a much newer region which was just recognized as a unique D.O. (Denominacion de Origen) in 2001. To learn more about Monstant - go to http://www.domontsant.com/

Mas Donis Barrica is made from 85% old-vine Garnacha (or just call it Grenache if you're not in Spain) and 15% Syrah. The wine is aged for 9 months in a combination of French and American oak.

In your glass Mas Donis has a deep purple color with aromas of raspberry and plum with a hint of spice. It has a medium-full body with a very pleasant mouth feel. Mas Donis delivers forward fruit, but unlike so many other fruit forward wines in this price range, it doesn't instantly disappear on your palate. It delivers a long lasting, spicy finish to balance out all the fruit. At a price in the $10 - $12 range, this is one to stock up on. Robert Parker gave this 91 points, and this wine absolutely lives up to that kind of praise. Highly recommended!

I love this wine with pork tenderloin grilled medium-rare. It also pairs nicely with Spanish cheeses like Manchego and Campo de Montalban.

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