2015 Celler de Capçanes "Mas Donis" Old Vines Montsant SKU #1372146

Price: $11.99

JD 92 RP 90
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K&L Notes

From the D.O. of Montsant in Cataluña, the appellation and its 2,000 hectares of vineyard were designated in 2001 to highlight the superior quality of the region. Montsant actually wraps around the celebrated Priorat. While the soils generally contain less schist than Priorat, the measure of quality in the wines is perhaps more importantly enabled by their old vine status, highly calcareous parcels, and variety of mesoclimates - generally cooler than in Priorat.

Staff Reviews

  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    Let me tell it to you straight: Montant is not poor man's Priorat. Rather, it is the millionaire next door's house red! This is because she (our millionaire next door) recognizes quality and value. Perhaps, as well, given her level of savvy, she knows that Montsant generally is not quite as hot as Priorat, has a wider variety of soil types, including lots of sand, clay, and calcareous sections, lending more possibilities for blending as well as fresher wines with healthy levels of acidity. As you have read, Mas Donis has indeed been slightly re-jiggered and it is a very fine value, better than ever. I strongly recommend it.
  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    K&L Staff Member
    Juicy and rich without being too sweet or hot. This old vine Montsant is just the ticket. At the ridiculous price of $11.99 and with much of the character of the Priorat appelation that it surrounds, it deserves a top value mark. The thread of herbaceousness that runs through the wine makes it a great food pairing as well as pleasantly refined as a cocktail wine.
    Top Value!
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    The nose of this wine shows focused fruit, less of the overtly effusive character this wine showed in the past. While there are arrays of fruit aromatics they seemed restrained while showing an assortment of fresh berries rather than any jammy notes. On the palate there is more evident tannin, focusing the textural experience onto the center of your tongue where it gives a more claret like expression. The flavors are restrained, fresher blackberry with a smidgen of leather and hints of wild herb. Overall this is a departure from the past for this wine, more in my palate direction, it seems less over the top fruity, more restrained and balanced.
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    Another stellar value from Capcanes. This Tuesday night drinker is full of dusty, earthy black fruits, leather, dried herbs and spices. Medium bodied with a nice balance of fruit and savory notes. On old vine value that's tough to beat and super food friendly.


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