Celler De Capcanes

If Priorat is the nutmeg, then Montsant is the mace. Almost completely surrounding the DOQ of Priorat, the DO Montsant is one of the youngest DOs in Catalunya but like the neighboring Priorat viticulture here is centuries old. After years of inclusion in the arguably inferior and certainly more generic DO of Tarragona, Montsant was elevated in 2002 mainly in recognition of its superior wines produced from old vines on soils bearing a striking similarity to those in the Priorat. At lower prices and within spitting distance in quality of its famous neighbor, consumers, sommeliers and winemakers are starting to have a greater appreciation of the charms of this region.

Not so surprisingly, 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. By 1995, a vast investment took place and the whole winery was completely restructured and modernized. The old concrete tanks still remain but they have been supplemented with stainless steel fermentation tanks and a barrel room. The cooperative still makes bulk wine for the local community but supplemented with a series of more serious cuvées.

Shortly after the modernization, Eric Solomon visited the cooperative and he was taken by how similar the soils and grapes varieties were to the Priorat where he had just started working with an unknown estate and a lesser known winemaker, Daphne Glorian. 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. A serious wine at an extremely friendly price.

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Capcanes Mas Donis 'Negre' Grenache/Syrah 2016
94  Jeb Dunnuck 
Jeb Dunnuck 94 "The finest vintage of this cuvée to date, the 2016 Mas Donis Old Vines is 85% Garnacha and 15% Syrah (the Grenache comes from a single parcel called Donis) that was 70% destemmed and aged primarily in concrete. Tasting like a top Priorat with its beautiful blue fruits, violets,
Item Number: 32800

Capcanes Mas Donis 'Negre' Grenache/Syrah 2015
92  Jeb Dunnuck 
Jeb Dunnuck 92 "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
Item Number: 28388

Capcanes Mas Donis 'Negre' Grenache/Syrah 2014
90  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 90"Medium ruby with flicks of violet; lovely perfum of liquor like cherry and red berries; spicy cake; ripe and complex; floral and masses a ripe crispy fruit; medium body; pure fruit seduction and charme; fine finish with ripe soft tannins and nicely refreshing aftertaste"

Celler de Capcanes Mas Donis Barrica Old Vines 2013
Tasting Note  Medium ruby with flucks of violet; lovely perfum of liquor liked cherry and red berries; spicy cake; ripe and complex; floral and masses a ripe crispy fruit; medium body; pure fruit seduction and charme; fine finish with ripe soft tannins and nicely refreshing aftertaste  Food

Capcanes Mas Donis 2009
85  International Wine Cellar 
International Wine Cellar 90 "(85% garnacha and 15% syrah, raised in French and American barrels that range from new to five years old): Vivid ruby. Explosively perfumed nose displays raspberry, fresh rose and sexy oak spices. Lush but energetic, with vivid red berry flavors and a silky, seamless

Capcanes Mas Donis Rosat de Garnacha 2013
" Red fruits, subtle smoky black tea and geranium florals drive a savoury and restrained nose with beautifully tempered fruitiness. The palate is expressive with some glycerol, but really dry (3 g/l residual sugar), with fruit tannin and soft, earthy acidity cutting the wine across as well as along

Capcanes Mas Donis Montsant Barrica 2008
85  International Wine Cellar 
International Wine Cellar 89 "85% garnacha del pais and garnacha peluda and 15% syrah, aged in a combination of new and older French and American barriques Ruby-red. Deep, youthfully bound-up aromas of blackberry, cassis, licorice and woodsmoke. Chewy dark fruit flavors show very good depth,

Capcanes Mas Donis Montsant Barrica 2004
90  Robert Parker 
 Robert Parker 90 "Made especially for European Cellars, Capçanes calls this their "semi-Crianza" because it's aged for only 9 months in mainly American oak barrels that have a few years of age on them. The Garnacha comes from 60+ year-old vines. Each variety is vinified separately and both are