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2010 Xiloca Garnacha 

Ribera de Jiloca, Spain

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$12-$13 Retail

Xiloca is produced by Bodegas Vinae Mureri in the Aragon's Zaragoza province in northeastern Spain. The Jiloca Valley, where this wine's 100 percent garnacha grapes were sourced, is designated Vino de la Tierra, one notch below the higher quality Denominacion de Origen rating. These low-yield vineyards feature vines that average 80 years old and thrive on slopes climbing to 4,000 feet. In the cellar, the wine touches no oak. It exhibits fresh aromas of strawberry, black cherry and a delightful minerality. On the palate, taste both red and black berries, plum, a touch of spice and nice acidity on the balanced finish. Decant 30 minutes before serving for optimal flavor. Drink it with tacos, braised spare ribs, herb-roasted chicken, burgers and barbecue. Buy it at: Keife & Co. and Acquistapace's Covington Supermarket. Drink it at: Besh Steak, Baru Bistro & Tapas and Mick's Irish Pub.

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