Capcanes Mas Donis Barrica 2007
Rhone Red Blends from Spain
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Varieties: 85% Garnacha & 15% Syrah.
"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 1-2 years, there is no reason to delay gratification.
The Wine Advocate
"Ruby-red. Powerfully scented bouquet of raspberry, blackberry, cocoa powder and smoky minerals, with a sexy floral overtone. Lush and creamy but lively, with strong red berry flavors and supple texture. Highly alluring wine with lingering sweet notes of rose and red berries."
International Wine Cellar
We like this wine with just about anything... or alone. Sorry, I know that's not technical.
Despite only 8 mo. in the oak, I found this wine opened up a bit when given a little time to air at which point it was quite nice - rich, earthy and spicy, indeed. Also well concentrated. 89-90 pts.
Earthy & Spicy
A very pleasant surprise. Concentrated, smooth, unique, balanced. Seemed nicely structured without sharp edges or bite. I loved the scent and must accept Tanzer's description (being unable to specifically identify it myself). We found this enjoyable on its own and especially enjoyable with pita bread and black olive hummus. I can see how it might not be for everybody, but I really enjoyed it.
Light & Fruity
fruity; some oak; very drinkable
This much hyped Spanish wine was a bit of a let down. There was too much bite to it for me. Try some of the other Spanish wines.
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