2009 Capcanes Peraj Petita

Monstant, Spain
13.5% alc.
$8 at Renton, WA (purchased 4/26/13)

20130428_190321_resized (2)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.


7 thoughts on “2009 Capcanes Peraj Petita

  1. bin5

    Opened another bottle of this wine, now I wish I had a case. Really outstanding and even bettter after a couple of weeks of settling down. You never know if it will come around again.

  2. weinish

    i was in oakland story yesterday. it is not there. in fact, very little of great interest is there right now, i plan on going back over within the hour, actually.

    1. Robert Seeds

      Of the inexpensive wines there, my favorite is the Jeriko chardonnay. I’m going to buy a few of those. Crisp, no obvious oak, some minerality, apple and citrus fruit that is not cloying.


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