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Tag Archives: Montsant
“White wine” Dosterras Blanco 2011 (60% pedro ximenez, 20% roussanne, 20% marsanne) – not DO Montsant, not available in the market
Quite green, reductive, sulphured and leesy. Ripe tight fresh tropical citrus notes. Textured deep and mineral notes, a product of sun and soil, warmth and depth, textural.
Old vine Grenache 2011
Vibrant rosy violet floral notes, ripe red fruits and concentrated red soil elements. Ripe red currants, 2.5 g/l RS vibrant soft generous and makes a nice component. But also pretty good on its own. Great earthy complexity, nice firm yet silky texture.
Very bright tight and fresh, but completely reductive and shut-down.
Vespres 2010 (grenache, carignan, 10 months second use 300l barrels)
Pretty hard to smell when it is chilled down. Very dark purple colour, quite intense concentrated, vintage? Tight fresh juicy dark red fruits. Nice and full, good balance and generosity of acidity and tannins, no oak characters. Approachable for the wine, is this the Montsant style?
Dosterras 2010 (100% grenache, 16 months new and second use 300l barrels, old vines)
Intense dark sweet black fruit. Extremely plummy, very dense maceration regime, soft sweet dark fruit, very gentle and caressing, not oodles of depth or good concentration.
Finca Aiguasals 2009
Black olive, savoury blackberries, brown earth, chocolate, liquorice, Good structure, texture from the tannins and oak, gets some life somehow from the second passage in barrels where the first use was for white wine. 900 litres in total. A wonderful wine, a cut above the Monsant DO.
Mas Donis Rosat 2011 (saignee, 8 days skin contact, 15% free run juice taken, garnacha, cabernet merlot)
Very bright quite dark cherry colour. Dark savoury fruit aromas, slightly spicy. Fresh fruit-driven bright, clean finish. Some fruit sweetness (4g RS/L), red cherry, strawberry, vibrant. Slightly floral notes. Quite simple and inelegant wine, easy to drink.
Mas Picosa 2010 (organic certified, growers handling chemicals hence shift away from, garnacha, carignan, tempranillo)
Dark cherry fruits, quite bold florals, intense but wonderfully fresh, very clean and pure, excellent fruit and acid structure, minimal tannins quite open and mentholly, balanced, juicy and drinkable.
Costers del Gravet 2009 (50% cabernet sauvignon, 30% garnacha, 20% carignan)
Deep ruby aromas, black forest fruits, cassis notes, fairly cabernet dominant on the nose. Tight focused cabernet tannins, leather, stalky, roasted capsicums, juicy dark fruits and plummy sweetness. Quite fresh and vibrant for a cabernet led wine in a climate like this.
Peraj Ha’abib 2010 (kosher wine)
Reductive but very intense nose, quite powerful and sharp, bold and piercing. Quite savoury earthy meaty nose, intense red fruits. Very finely balanced, elegant and long, very full and complete, soft velvety very long and complex, some savoury spice notes and sweet herb notes, bold powerful and youthful, fantastic wine from the vintage. Drinkable now but will evolve quite slowly over the next 10 years. Very very subtle oak characters late on the palate, a little oak sweetness.
|The wines and soil profiles they come from in Celler de Capcanes|