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2014, Celler de Capçenes, Mas Donis Old Vines (www.cellercapcanes.com)
About the Region: Located 140 kilometres southwest of Barcelona, the village of Capçenes is 30 kilometres inland of the Mediterranean. Here it forms the heart of the region of Montsant, vineyard territory dating back centuries.
About the Maker: Founded in 1933 to offer scale to the smaller producers of the area, Celler de Capçenes originated as a low-end bulk-wine cooperative. It re-invented itself in 1995 after recognizing quality wine production was key to its success. From humble beginnings it now produces world-class wines.
About the Land: A combination of clay, llicorella slate, limestone, and sand make up the earth of the Montsant region. Each benefit unique attributes to the 50-year-old bush-vines of the region.
About the Blend: A blend in the style of France’s southern Rhône Valley, the 2014 Mas Donis is a combination of Grenache (70%), Syrah (25%), and Merlot (5%). It offers a luscious alternative to the signature Spanish reds made from the Tempranillo grape.
About Sustainability: Sustainable farming practices from smaller, family-owned vineyards.
About the Wine: A lovely medium purple in-glass, distinct allspice aromas combine with notes of black cherry. On the palate, a concentrated attack of plum, spice, and liquorice impress and finishes clean and long.
About Pairing: Barbequed dry-rubbed back ribs or Fall evenings.
About Availability: Check liquorconnect.com (call the listed store too) confirming availability.
About Price: $25