2005 Celler de Capçanes Mas Donis Barrica Montsant

Over the last 5+ years I’ve become a big fan of Spanish wines.

When done right, these wines offer a lot of juice for not a lot of dinero. However, not all Spanish wines are created equal, so a little research goes a long way. Know what you’re buying. I’ve also found that many value priced Spanish wines are released green, and are not quite ready to drink when you bring them home. I’ve been amazed what 6 to 12 months in the cellar can do for these wines.  A little patience goes a long way.

Tonight we had the fabulous 2005 Capçanes Mas Donis — $12.99 at Pennsylvania Wine and Spirits, $11.99 elsewhere. Robert Parker gives it 91 points. Stephen Tanzer gives it 89 points.

The wine is a blend of 85% Grenache / Garnacha and 15% Syrah / Shiraz.  It spent 8 months in a combination of French and American oak. This wine is drinking very well right now.

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