Good Morning Gentle Readers,
The Wine Advocate says.....
The 2004 Mas Donis Barrica is 85% Garnacha from 80+-year-old vines and 15% Syrah aged for 8 months in French and American oak. Opaque purple, it has a wonderfully expressive nose of spice box, pencil lead, pepper, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. On the palate the wine is full-bodied with layers of ripe, spicy black fruits, nicely concealed tannins, and a long, pure finish. It is an outstanding value for drinking now and over the next 4-6 years. Score: 90.
It's a pretty decent wine in the $10.00 US range. List is half again as high ($16.00-$20.00) but some places it retails for $12.99. I didn't like it as well as the WA and I'm completely missing the described complexity. However, TWC heard Parker liked it a 90 as well. [shrugs] Maybe, I got a bum bottle. The composite cork showed evidence of seepage almost the same way conventional cork does and was almost dyed pink. [shrugs again] That's not supposed to happen with synthetics as they are vastly superior to conventional cork [coughs].
The Barrica is a little astringent and fumey up front but if you give it a little air (let it breath, maybe even decant it) it gets better (opens up) and smoother. The wine is more full bodied and robust than one would expect from a Garnacha, which is Grenache that crossed the Basque border some centuries back.
Verdict: Drink this wine with hearty pasta or grilled red meat. I actually had it with roast chicken. We did garden fresh yellow squash sauteed in olive oil with red onions, a little red pepper, garlic, and diced Roma tomato with Parmesan thrown in at the end. That worked too. I don't think it's as good as everyone else does but it's still no Two Buck Chuck (by any stretch). It's worth your time.