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2011 Marques de la Musa Garnacha 

Carinena, Spain

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$9 Retail

Carinena is one of Europe's oldest recognized growing districts for wine and the largest subzone of northwestern Spain's Aragon wine region. Garnacha's popularity and suitability to the terroir make it the zone's favored red varietal. The vineyards sit at altitudes between 1,300 and 2,600 feet, and extreme conditions such as drought and fierce winds are tough on less hardy varietals. Often, blends include 5 percent Carinena to extend garnacha's aging potential. Fermented in stainless steel tanks, this wine exudes fragrances of fresh red berries, spice and black pepper. On the palate, taste currants, red and black cherries, plums, an herbal character and an earthy quality. Even tannins and a low acidity lead to a clean finish. Drink it with with citrusy salmon, lamb, veal, barbecue, pizza, grilled vegetables and roast fowl or game. Buy it at: Whole Foods Markets.

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