Capçanes ‘Cabrida’ 2005

img_4944We dropped into a friends place on Sunday night with a few bits and pieces for a tapas style dinner. I rarely get a chance to cook things like croquetas these day, so it was good to get back into the kitchen and make a mess (I am very messy in the kitchen). You can also see a couple of stubbies of Sidra, Spanish cider,  in the basket. I love this stuff, its a very adult drink, tasting of slightly musty old apples.  If you see it on a drinks menu, give it a shot.

On to the wine. Cabrida is from old vine Garnarcha in Monsant, each vine only gives up about half a kilo of fruit leading to a very concentrated and rich wine. New french oak for 14 months, then into bottle. I had thought that the picture on the bottle was of kangaroos and wondered what that was all about. But they are actually mountain goats…

A rich nose, full of sweet fruit notes: raspberry and bright red cherry, followed by hot rocks, rose and old black tea, earthy spices and a little herb.  Highly concentrated with sweet fruit on the mid palate with a savoury finish showing minerals, tangy fruit and a touch of spice. A thrilling ride, that is a little more fruit forward that the Santa Cruz de Artazu, but shows all the characters of an excellent garnarcha. 93 Pts.

Source: The Spanish Acquisition Cost: $140 Closure: Conventional Cork


4 thoughts on “Capçanes ‘Cabrida’ 2005

  1. Dave,
    Sorry to pick your brains again but have you tried the 04 of this? If not I believe 04 was a reasonable year in Monsant?

  2. HI John, no worries – thats what I’m here for!

    I do have a note for the 04 from a dinner in early 2008. It’s very similar to this note, however I noted that it was quite powerful and needed a year or two to open up and really show what it was made of.

    And yes, 2004 and 2005 are both excellent years in Monsant. 2004 more masculine, 2005 more elegant for a broad generalisation.

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