Mas Donis "Barrica" Garnacha-Syrah Old Vines 2013 (Montsant, Spain)

Mas Donis "Barrica" Garnacha-Syrah Old Vines 2013
(Montsant, Spain)


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About this Winery:
The DO Montsant is one of the youngest DOs in Catalunya but like the neighboring Priorat viticulture here is centuries old. The cooperative of Capçanes is situated in the village of the same name, nestled among the foothills of the Montsant mountains. In the 1990's, the co-op began making kosher wines for the Jewish community in Barcelona, and from this exposure in the capital of Catalunya, the property began to attract a greater level of interest – including that of esteemed importer Eric Solomon.

Tasting through the various tanks and barrels at Capçanes, he created a cuvée of Garnatxa and Syrah that he named Mas Donis – a wine he jokingly said was his "best Côtes-du-Rhône." Despite the similarities in cépage, the granite and schist terroirs here could not be more different than the calcareous soils of the Rhône valley. With time and experimentation – moving from barrel aging to aging entirely in concrete and selecting fruit from some of the oldest Garnatxa in the village, Mas Donis has evolved to show a more Priorat-inspired profile.

Tasting Notes:
Medium ruby with violet shades; very nice Glycerin mouthfeel and texture; wild red and black berry flavors, cherry, spices and herbs; well integrated elegant smooth vanilla oaky toasty notes; ripe mouthful and complex on the palate: loads of sweet vibrant fruit; medium to full-bodied with soft and velvet tannins and nicely refreshing finish.

Ratings & Reviews


94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2012 Vintage)
"Another baby Priorato, the 2012 Mas Donis, a custom cuvee from Eric Solomon, is composed of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah aged nine months in both new and used French and American oak. The Grenache comes from 70-year-old vines, and the Syrah from 30-year-old vines. It is difficult to find a better value than this incredibly rich effort. The bouquet offers up a smorgasbord of aromas, including crushed rocks, spring flowers, kirsch liqueur and blacker fruits. Full-bodied with a velvety, voluptuous texture, and admirable opulence, density, purity and texture, it is nearly impossible to believe that something this good could be priced at $12 a bottle. " - (29th Nov 2013)