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Mas Donis Old Vines 2015, Montsant
 

$11.19 btl. | $59.25 ½ case ($9.88) reg. $14.99


92 points, Jeb Dunnuck

90 points, Wine Advocate

 

 
We have seen many times that Eric Solomon can be credited for importing some of the most amazing value-oriented wines available to us from Spain and Southern France. The series of offerings we've been able to bring to you has been awesome in terms of the scale of value and scope of variety. There are more costly wines in his portfolio, to be sure, but it's the value end that truly over-delivers and it is a real pleasure to explore the wines. Today’s underpriced jewel is from Montsant, a D.O. adjacent to Priorat; a zip-code that generally produces much more expensive wines.

The winery is situated in the village of Capcanes and served for many years as the village cooperative. In the 1990’s the co-op began making kosher wines for the Jewish population of Barcelona, and from the exposure in that much larger city the property began to attract a greater level of interest.

In 1995 a vast investment took place and the whole winery was completely restructured and modernized. Eric Solomon was quite impressed with the quality of the wines and saw the potential for even further improvements and has launched several custom cuvee projects with Capcanes. Tasting through the various tanks and barrels at the winery, he created a cuvee of Grenache and Syrah that he named Mas Donis – a wine he jokingly said was his “best Cotes-du-Rhone.” However, despite the similarities in the composition of the wine, the granite and schist terroirs here could not be more different than the calcareous soils of the Rhône valley.

“I've been meaning to spotlight this exceptional Catalan producer in the hills above Tarragona for ages. Those who have come across its compact, well-made reds will already know their signature …, at such a low price. ..you can taste the same sort of earthy minerality as is evident in all good red Priorat… very intense, ripe and full” - Jancis Robinson

92 points, Jeb Dunnuck:

"The deep ruby/purple colored 2015 Mas Donis Old Vines is billed as a poor man's Priorat from Importer Eric Solomon, and I certainly can’t disagree with him. Blackberries, blueberries, peppery, hints of violets and some minerality all emerge from this juicy, ripe, sexy red that's an undeniable joy to drink. The wine is a blend of 85% Garnacha and 15% Syrah, brought up all in concrete tanks."

90 points, Wine Advocate:

"The 2015 Mas Donis Old Vines is the custom cuvée for the US market. It's mostly Garnacha with some Syrah fermented separately in stainless steel with some 50% full clusters followed by malolactic in concrete and bottled after 80% of the wine matured in French oak barrels for nine months. There is ripe fruit and little wood here, it's aged in older barrels and they are trying to make it even fresher; starting in 2016 they fermented with some full clusters. Of course, 2015 is a warm and dry vintage, and the wine shows the character of the year, in a nice way, with peachy and floral rather than pruny aromas. It's a very good value, and it's also juicy and approachable and serious enough for more sophisticated consumers."

As with all the Eric Solomon imports, there is a very limited supply of Mas Donis Old Vines. We keep selling out of these wines from Eric, and this is a total steal, so we advise you not to wait.
 

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Mas Donis Old Vines 2015, Montsant
 

$11.19 btl. | $59.25 ½ case ($9.88) reg. $14.99

 
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