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2009 Cellers Can Blau 

Montsant, Spain

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$14 Retail

Montsant, an emerging wine region with vineyards averaging 35 years old, almost completely surrounds the better known Priorat growing area. The regions share similar soils and the presence of slate, chalk, clay and granite. For this complex wine, a blend of garnacha, syrah and carinena (known in the region as mazuelo) is aged in French oak. On the nose, the full-bodied wine exudes baking spices, cedar, minerals, blueberry and black cherry notes. On the palate, taste dense, concentrated fruit, and heavy tones of plum, cocoa and smokiness resulting from mature vines reaching their peak. Decant an hour before serving for best flavor. Drink it with grilled, stewed or roasted meats, paella and firm cheeses. Buy it at: Whole Foods Market.

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