Three Wines to Buy Now

From the many wines we tasted through the Labor Day holiday, we picked these three wines to buy now. They are exciting values and will most likely sell out quickly.

Mas Donis Old Vines 2016

If you religiously follow this blog, you know that I have recommended the Mas Donis in the past, but this vintage is the best to date. The Mas Donis is produced by the winery Celler de Capcanes in the Montsant region of Spain. Janelle and I had the pleasure of visiting this winery in 2011. The Montsant region is a special place where Garnacha, Carignan, other Rhone grapes flourish. KL Wines usually stocks the Mas Donis each vintage year. The price at KL Wines is $12.99.

The Mas Donis Old Vines is a blend of 86% Garnacha and 14% Syrah. The wine was aged for 6 months in concrete tanks. The grapes average in age from 35 to 50 years old. I find the Mas Donis to be a fun-loving wine with beautiful qualities throughout. I love the red fruit augmented with violets, earthiness, minerals, and some spice. The finish is long and healthy. The Mas Donis is a fantastic food wine; have it with a variety of foods. Salmon or a beefy steak would go well with this wine.

Jeb Dunnuck gives the Mas Donis a 94-Point rating. It is definitely a 90-Point wine in my book. Mas Donis is an Eric Solomon selection. See the tech sheet on the Mas Donis Old Vines

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Solanera Viñas Viejas 2015

Solanera Vinas viegas
A beautiful red blend from the Yecla wine region of Spain

At the Foster City Costco, the price is $10.99. But for now, it is reduced by a $4.00 rebate. Wow! What a fantastic price for a great bottle of vino. The Solanera Vinas Viejas is also an Eric Solomon selection. It is a red blend of 65% Monastrell, Cab 20%, Tintorera 15% and is produced by Bodegas Castano in the wine region of Yecla, Spain.   See the tech sheet on Solanera.

The wine is full of flavors and great spice. Each sip brings something different to ponder. We served this wine with a Tri-Tip and everyone raved about the wine. Wine Enthusiast gives it 89 Points; we have it at 90 Points. The average price is $15, so $6.99 at Costco is practically a giveaway.

Carmen 2017 Frida Kahlo Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 

Not only is the Carmen an excellent-tasting wine, but the label just might be the wine label of the year. I would buy the wine just for the label’s beautiful artistic rendition of Frida Kahlo.

Although a single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, it did not taste like a full-flavored typical Cabernet. Nonetheless, this Chilean version of this Cabernet is delicious and easy drinking. The Wine Enthusiast rates the Carmen Frida Kahlo Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 90 Points and Editor’s Choice. I go with 89 Points. I purchased the Carmen at the Foster City Costco for $9.99.

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