85% Garnacha and 15% Syrah
Red – Rich and Intense
Medium ruby with violet shades; very nice mouthfeel and texture; wild red and black berry flavors, cherry, spices and herbs; well-integrated elegant smooth vanilla oaky toasty notes; ripe mouthful and complex on the palate; loads of sweet vibrant fruit; medium to full-bodied with soft and velvet tannins and nicely refreshing finish.
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.
Food Pairings: Roasted lamb chops, goat, beef, duck, game (partridge, quail, rabbit); stews, casseroles, grilled vegetable, cheeses, sirloin, and oxtail.
When to Drink: 2018-2020
The deep ruby/purple colored 2015 Mas Donis Old Vines is billed as a poor man’s Priorat, 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. (2/2018)
“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 pruney aromas. It’s a very good value, and it’s also juicy and approachable and serious enough for more sophisticated consumers.”(LG) (4/2018)
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