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2008 Noster Inicial red blend 

Priorat, Spain

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$15-$17 Retail

Located 60 miles outside of Barcelona, Spain, on the grounds of a 15th-century monastery, La Perla del Priorat produces this elegant wine with fruit from 11- to 40-year-old vines. With vineyards on terraced mountain ranges rising more than 2,000 feet above sea level, Priorat has a unique terroir. The vineyards bask in the Mediterranean sun and cool at night. A grape blend of 70 percent grenache, 25 percent carignan and 5 percent cabernet sauvignon is crushed and fermented in a combination of stainless steel vats and French oak casks. After a 20- to 30-day maceration period, the wine is transferred to used French oak barrels for 12 to 24 months of aging. In the glass, it offers aromas of wild berries, plum, chocolate and spice notes. On the palate, taste ripe red fruit, minerality and smooth tannins. Open 30 minutes before serving to aerate. Drink it with ham, wild game, charcuterie, hard cheeses, roasted meats and Mediterranean cuisines. Buy it at: Breaux Marts in Uptown and River Ridge, Bacchanal, Cork & Bottle and Vom Fass. Drink it at: Rene Bistrot, Bayona, Toups' Meatery, Royal Sonesta Hotel, The Delachaise and Annunciation.

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