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Date Printed: 9/2/2014
Capcanes Mas Donis Barrica 2004
Capcanes Mas Donis Barrica 2004
(search item no. 88106)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $13.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"The 2004 Mas Donis Barrica is 85% Garnacha from 80+-year-old vines and 15% Syrah aged for 8 months in French and American 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 4-6 years."
-Wine Advocate
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About Capcanes:

High up in the hill, roughly 30 miles inland from Tarragona and 100 miles to the south of Barcelona, lies the village of Capcanes, in the sub-zone of the Tarragona DO called Falset. Essentially, this sub-zone is continuous with the Priorat DO, and the wines from this area have more in common with the wines of Priorato than they do with those from the plains around Tarrragano itself.

Viticulture
At Capcanes, the altitude ranges from 300 meters to 700 meters, and natural rainfalls is low at around 450 mm. The average temperature in this Mediterranean region is around 15 C and rises to 35 C in the summer. Soil in the lower vineyards is deep, rich and fertile; the higher vineyards and all the terraces are on poor, mineral , stony soils with a granite or slate base. Under the guidance of the two winemakers, Angel Teixado and Antoni Alcover, owner/winemaker of Fra Fulco. Capcanes has progressed to a level of serious quality among Spanish reds, and offers tremendous value.

Vinification
New cellars were built to accommodate new temperature controlled stainless fermentation tanks and 600 new oak barrels, of which about 30% are French. Along with the introduction of a new bottling line, the packaging has been updated, reflecting the new breed of wine produced at Capcanes.



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Date Printed: 9/2/2014
Chateau Clerc Milon  2005
Chateau Clerc Milon 2005
(search item no. 94325)
collectible wine
older vintages

Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $76.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2003 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1986 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
1986 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:


#11 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2008

The wine has a deep color with a violet tint. The nose opens on pleasant smoky notes, followed by intense and powerful ripe berry fruit aromas, especially cassis and wild strawberry.

Full-bodied and expansive on the palate, it displays close-knit tannins and a range of generous, varied flavors including blackberry, cherry, spice and licorice.

The ample and well-balanced finish combines the solidity of a well-defined structure with the charm and fullness of rich flavours enfolded in refined and judicious oak.

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About Chateau Clerc Milon:

Château Clerc Milon, classified as a Fifth Growth in 1855, consists of 79 acres of vines, planted with the typical varieties of the region: 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Carmenère. Adjoining two Pauillac First Growths, Lafite and Mouton, the estate had become somewhat neglected when it was bought by Baron Phillipe in 1970.

Vines were replanted by staff from Chateau Mouton Rothschild, parcels were consolidated and many technical improvements were made, including the building of a new vat room. These efforts are now bearing fruit and Chateau Clerc Milon has become one of the most sought-after Médoc wines, displaying a richness and depth comparable with the region's finest.