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A 91 Point Spanish Red under $10 – Artazuri Garnacha 2009

December 7, 2011 Cellar WorthyDaily Drinkers  No comments

Disclaimer: Spain has, by far, the best wine values in the world.

For my money, Spain has two premier red grapes: Garnacha (Grenache) and Tempranillo, though many other grapes play important supporting roles.  The Spanish version of Grenache can range from light and supple to huge and oaky.  This one forgoes the oak but has plenty of the spicy fruit flavors which define Spanish Grenache vs. the French or American versions.

Hailing from the Navarra region in Northern Spain, near the French border, this Garnacha splits the difference between Spanish spice and Southern Rhone sleek.  The nose is bright - focused on fruit over oak.  Immediately upon opening, this wine was on the lighter side with sweet cherry flavors coating the palate.  I opened it on Friday and today

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A 91 Spanish Red for under $13 – Tres Picos

May 4, 2011 Daily Drinkers  No comments

When I wrote up the last vintage of this awesome Spanish Garnacha, I compared it to a fine northern Rhone.  If anything, the 2009 vintage is even better than the 2008.  I've mentioned this several times, but if you are looking for value in the $8-15 range, start with Spain and especially their Grenache/Garnacha.  It's difficult to find better drinking wines for the price.

Bodegas Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha is not subtle but it is balanced.  This wine is made for the pleasure seeker.  It's aged half in stainless and half in oak so you get a nice freshness with the added rich texture from the oak.  That said, the oak influence is definitely not prominent compared to many Spanish Garnacha which use strongly flavored new American Oak.

Finding any 91 point red under $15 is rare.  When

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Another Ringland Masterpiece: Bodegas Alto Moncayo Veraton $23.95

February 9, 2011 Cellar WorthyHigh End Values  No comments

I'm a fan of Chris Ringland's wines.  If you aren't, because you find his wines too bold, high alcohol, or in your face, you're not wrong and neither am I.  Wine comes down to individual taste, and that's what makes it so great.  That said, a lot of individual tastes must be in line with Ringland's because his wines are wildly popular.  So in summary, if you don't like it, you're weird but not wrong.

Last year I wrote about the 2007 Bodegas Alto Moncayo Alto Moncayo, which is the big brother of this wine.  For such a marketing genius, Ringland should think about making the naming convention of this wine simplier.  I'll try to make it as simple as possible, because it's worth understanding and more in this line will likely show up on these pages.

Bodegas Alto Moncayo is the name of

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A 90 Point Poor Man’s Priorat for $9. Celler de Capcanes Mas Donis Barrica

February 3, 2011 Daily Drinkers  No comments

I'm going to have to start writing up these Spanish wines two at a time because there are just so many bargains available right now.  The fact that there are so many Spanish bargains right now is making me much less motivated to drink $8-15 California reds.  I have one to try later this week, so we'll see if I change my mind.

The Priorat region of Spain produces some of the most highly regarded and high priced wines in the country.  Almost completely surrounding this tiny region is Montsant, the region in which this wine is made. Montsant, much like Priorat, makes bold wines based around Garnacha (Grenache) while also incorporating other varietals, in this case Syrah.  Master importer Eric Solomon is notorious for tracking down fantastic values and he's hit it in a major way on this

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90 Point Garnacha for $12: Bodegas Ateca Atteca Garnacha Old Vines

January 21, 2011 Daily Drinkers  No comments

It's the start of a Spanish bonanza with this spectacular 90 point Garnacha from the Calatayud region of Spain.  I hate to sound like a broken record, but Spain is absolutely the source of the best values in wine.  Garnacha (that's Spanish for... Grenache) and Tempranillo reign supreme, both growing particularly old, allowing the grapes to get exceptional concentration and complexity.

Atteca is made with old vine Garnacha.  When they say old, they mean it!  Vines for this wine have been growing for 80-120 years.  With the exception of a few Zinfandel vines, that kind of age is absolutely unheard of in the United States.  The result is a juicy wine with beautiful purple coloring.  Its fragrant nose is floral, while on the palate it's rock candy and distinct black pepper.  What really

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$6 Spanish Garnacha that drinks like a $20 wine. WA87

August 26, 2010 Daily DrinkersWines under $10  No comments

Spain is producing some amazing values right now.  In an age when quality U.S. reds are considered values when they come in below $20, these Spanish wines under $10 are absolute steals.  How often have you drunk a $6 bottle and said "I can find absolutely no fault in this wine"?  I can count those experiences on one hand.

The 2009 Garnacha de Fuego does have one fault.  The label is absolutely awful.  It looks like a teenager's Photoshop project.  Otherwise this wine is faultless.  That's not to say that every aspect blew me away, but rather that everything is in its proper place- a real accomplishment for a $6 wine.

This Garnacha comes from 60-80 year old vines resulting in a concentrated wine that manages to retain an especially juicy, bright taste.  As vines age, they produce

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2007 Alto Moncayo- Unbelievable Spanish Value $37.95 WA94

July 14, 2010 High End Values  2 comments

In honor of Spain's victory in the World Cup, I decided to pop a bottle of old vine Garnacha.  Let me tell you, drinking this wine is WAY more exciting than watching 90 minutes of scoreless soccer.  Then again, so is being punched in the head, but that's beside the point.  In all seriousness, this might be the most exciting wine I've had all year!  I'm not finished with the bottle, and I already can't wait until the next time I get to drink this.

This wine pours an inky purple- so dense that the bubbles look almost as dark as the wine itself.  The nose is sweet and absolutely jumps out of the glass.  I'm not sure how the Spanish get their Garnacha (aka Grenache) so concentrated.  Blueberry syrup comes to mind.  This is muscular, firm and sweet but still manages to be refined despite

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Bodegas Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha 2008- $12.95 Spanish Northern Rhone Clone

April 30, 2010 Daily Drinkers  No comments

The Bodegas Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha 2008 tastes like a fine northern Rhone, only it's from Spain! This old vine Garnacha is full bodied, exotic and bold.  If you are looking for something different, this 91 pointer (from both Wine Advocate and International Wine Cellar) is an incredible value.

At some point, disease has taken out most grape vines around the world, preventing them from reaching "old vine" status, but Garnacha (called Grenache in most of the rest of the world), was spared in Spain.  As vines age, they produce less fruit, resulting in a more concentrated, complex wine.  Because of this, Tres Picos pours a deep red/purple- a really beautiful color.  It has an exotic, spicy nose which foreshadows the equally exotic peppery flavor of this wine- a great food wine.


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