Today’s wine is a wine to remind you of sun, sea and quaint towns – the Vall del Calas Celler de Capcanes 2004 Montsant from Spain. Montsant is the region – located in Catalan Spain near Barcelona – and Vall del Calas is the producer. Now, this is a wine made not just from Spain’s famous indiginous grape Tempranillo, but also from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
I’m not quite as excited about this as last week’s wine, but here is a good example of a clean modern Spanish red that will please a fairly wide range of palates. To me it smelled like bright red cherry, some herbas and earth and pepper. It was a modern and ‘clean’ wine (meaning that it doesn’t have funky or dirty tastes – which, by the way, some people think are flavours to seek out). I found it also tasted like some earth red berries and chocolate. I like the wine because it is both rich in flavour but it is not overwhelming. You know, we’ve all had those wines that we love on the first sip and then after a while we can’t handle them anymore. Well, this wine avoids that predicament – it’s easy and tasty drinking all the way.
I think this is a very well made and tasty modern Spanish wine. It’s not all about the fruit, but it’s also not all about the rusticity. It’s a smooth drinking blend of modern fruit and rustic earth – perfect for the right food pairing (some more lightly seasoned red meats). Diverse, tasty, clean, and easy drinking. A great wine for the weekend.
$25 at Kitsilano Wine Cellars
*Shea Coulson is the author of Justgrapeswine.com, a Vancouver based wine blog focusing on wine and beer reviews, education, and wine industry trends and developments.
Last modified: February 18, 2010