Mas Donís Barrica

Tasting note:

Medium ruby with violet shades; very nice Glycerin mouthfeeling 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

Food pairing: 

Lamb, chicken, porc, sausage, pizza, pasta; rice, vegetable (mussaka, ratatouille), cheese

Grape varieties: 

85% Garnacha
- 50% Garnacha del Pais (catalan, indigenous clone)
- 30% Garnacha Peluda („hairy“ leaves; imported from Southern France after Phylloxera
15% Syrah

temperature controlled fermentation (27-29ºC)
both varieties were vinified separately in stainless steel tanks
maceration: 8-14 days, malo-lactic fermentation in tank
naturally cold stabilized in barrel, light filtration;no fining

9 month aged in new up to five years old French and American oak barrels, 228l
light and medium toasted;no  racking
after blending aged for 3 months in tank before bottling

Garnacha: up to 60 years old bush vines
Syrah: 5-15 years
Soil in the lower vineyards is alluvial while the higher vineyards and all terraces and slopes are on poor, mineral, stony soil based with some granite, Muschelkalk and slate.
altitude: 450-1500feet
prunning: Garnacha:  traditional bush vines; Syrah on „wire“

by hand,harvest lasts from early september until mid october
yield: 1kg -1,5kg per vine,30-40hl per ha

14 % vol. Alcohol
5,1 g/l acidity (tartaric)
< 3 g/l residual sugar

60.000 botellas (75cl.)

“The Wine Advocate”, Robert Parker, Jay Miller, USA:

  • "Mas Donis Barrica'2010, 2012: 92p "..When I was covering all the Spanish wines, this was one of my great value picks in the early days, and I am thrilled to see there are now 8,000 cases of this “baby Priorat” from nearby Montsant available in the American market.
  • "Mas Donis Barrica´2009”, may 2011:  89 p "…excellent length. It is an outstanding value…"
  • "Mas Donis Barrica´2007”, feb 2009:  90 p "…a wine with remarkable depth and concentration for its humble price, savory flavors and a fruit-filled finish…"
  • "Mas Donis Barrica´2006”:  89 p
  • "Mas Donis Barrica´2005”:  91 p "…an great value!"
  • "Mas Donis Barrica´2004”:  90 p "…an outstanding value!"
  • "Mas Donis Barrica 2003”:  92 p “…Its dense ruby/purple color is followed by sumptuous aromas of blueberries, black currants, cold steel, and minerals. Evocative of a baby Priorat, it possesses an amazing fragance, considerable nobility as well as complexity, medium to full body, and a long, concentrated heady finish..!”
  • "Mas Donis Barrica 2002”:  90 p “ ..like a baby Priorat…complex, rich and nearly too serious for a wine in this price range… ”
  • "Mas Donis Barrica 2001”:  91 p
  • "Mas Donis Barrica´2000”:  89 p “ Two of the finest values I have discovered thus far in 2003… ”
  • “Mas Donis Barrica 1999”: 89/90points “An amazing cuvée… A super-value, …big, … concenctrated…”:
  • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar  -Josh Raynolds
    2009 Mas Donis Barrica Old Vines Montsant ($13) (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 texture. Turns more tangy on the finish, which clings with very good tenacity. 90 points
     

“Fine Cooking”, Doug Frost, Nov 2009,USA:

  • "Mas Donis Barrica´2007”: An incredible bargain from one of Montsant´s top producersl!

“Toronto Life – Spanish Revival”, Jan 2010,Canada:

  • "Mas Donis Barrica´2007”: “..verve and depth…dense and juicy…” 91 points!

“International Wine Cellar”, Stephen Tanzer, USA:

  • “Mas Donis Barrica´08: 89 (+?) p
  • “Mas Donis Barrica´07: 90 p
  • “Mas Donis Barrica´06: 90 p
  • “Mas Donis Barrica´05: 89 p
  • “Mas Donis Barrica´04: 88 p
  • “Mas Donis Barrica´2000: 89 p “..this is richer and deeper than a wine at this price has any right to be…Like a baby Priorat wine..”
  • “Mas Donis Barrica´98: 88 p "an excellent value!"

“The Second Glass”, Boston, USA:

  • “Mas Donis Barrica´2007: “.. big-time wine at low-ball price.  Concentrated,.. diverse …your drinking companions venerate you as their wine-buying deity..”
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