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2012 Honoro Vera Garnacha 

Calatayud, Spain

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$9-$10 retail

In France's Rhone region, grenache is used as an elegant blending grape. Spain's sun-drenched, dry Aragon region, which includes Calatayud, is a great place to grow "heavy" fruit like garnacha (the Spanish name for the grape). Here aged vines produce fruit that exhibits the grape's unique character and style. This all-garnacha wine's bouquet features aromas of red and black cherry and blackberry. On the palate, taste plums, currants, pepper and spice notes. It has low tannins, and even with all its fruit characteristics, there's not a hint of sweetness. Drink it with lamb stew, ratatouille, coq au vin, cannelloni, wild game and red beans and sausage. Buy it at: Pearl Wine Co. and Swirl Wine Bar & Market. Drink it at: Lilette, Dick & Jenny's, Salu, Basil Leaf, Capdeville, Cowbell, 45 Tchoup and Barcadia Bar & Grill.


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