$8 at Renton, WA (purchased 4/26/13)
One thing I have liked about GO is they get wines that are off the beaten path. This is another of those wines for me. Capcanes is a small village in the Priorata mountains and Monstant is next to its more famous cousin the Priorat. This winery began its life as a cooperative. The Jewish community many years ago asked if they would make a Kosher wine and they obliged. The most well-known wine is Peraj Ha’Abib which consistently gets very high ratings and is in the $60 range. The Peraj Petita is their second wine and seems to retail in the low $20s. The wine is a blend of Garnacha, Tempranillo, and Carignan.
Ruby red colored with a beautiful nose of bright cherries and berries. It has a very youthful and fresh smell akin to a Beaujolais. Lots of red fruits on the palate that are clean, crisp, and well balanced, but not overly done. This wine had a pinot/gamay feel to it for me. Good minerality, soft tannins, with a light natural fruit sweetness. Nice acid with a medium finish that will accompany food very well (get out the grill). It has the stuffing to improve with time and will probably reward the patient in few years. I really like this wine, but I have a hunch it may not be for everyone, especially if you are looking for more classic, bigger, richer wines. Thumbs up and a pretty good value.