The Mas Donis 2012 may well be among the best values you can find here – or anywhere. As Robert Parker gushes, “it is nearly impossible to believe something this good” can be had at the price.
Grapes are selectively hand-harvested and the wine is fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks before being aged for nine months in seasoned French and American oak barrels. The wine is marked by its textured and mouth-filling profile, with vibrant cherry and dark berry flavors highlighted by vanilla and spice with subtle shades of herbs and toast. Polished tannins highlight a finish that retains freshness and minerality.
Tasting Notes: medium ruby with flucks of violet, lovely perfume of liquor liked cherry and red berries, spicy cake, ripe and complex, floral and masses a ripe crispy fruit. Medium body with pure fruit seduction and charm. Fine finish with ripe soft tannins and nicely refreshing aftertaste.
Pair with chicken, salads and BBQ.
94 Points – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate:
Another baby Priorato, the 2012 Mas Donis, a custom cuvee from Eric Solomon, is composed of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah aged nine months in both new and used French and American oak. The Grenache comes from 70-year-old vines, and the Syrah from 30-year-old vines. It is difficult to find a better value than this incredibly rich effort. The bouquet offers up a smorgasbord of aromas, including crushed rocks, spring flowers, kirsch liqueur and blacker fruits. Full-bodied with a velvety, voluptuous texture, and admirable opulence, density, purity and texture, it is nearly impossible to believe that something this good could be priced at $12 a bottle. Consume it over the next year.
90 Points – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar:
Bright purple. Expressive aromas of dark berries, cracked pepper and violet, with a smoky overtone. Pliant black and blue fruit flavors pick up a licorice nuance with air and show very good, mineral-driven intensity. Finishes with strong stony cut, the licorice and floral notes repeating..