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2013 Garnacha de Fuego Old Vines 

Calatayud, Spain

Retail $8-$10

This 10-year-old winery is a project of the prodigious Jorge Ordonez, who has introduced the world to many high-quality Spanish wines. In Spain's arid, architecturally rich Calatayud region, winemaking began as early as 200 B.C. Calatayud, a DO (Denominacion de Origen) lies 55 miles from Zaragoza, amid rolling hills, orchards, rivers and vast mountain ranges. The region's hot, dry summers are moderated by the south-facing slopes' elevation, which reach nearly 3,000 feet above sea level. The altitude allows fruit to attain a favorable balance between residual sugar and higher alcohol potential. Hand-selected grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks, macerated for 10 days at 25 degrees and underwent malolactic fermentation in vats. The wine exhibits aromas of muted dark plum, blackberry, cherry, pepper and spice. On the palate, the bold, spicy wine bursts with ripened red and jammy black fruit, anise, hints of espresso and leather and well-integrated tannins. Decant 45 minutes before serving. Drink it with charcuterie, grilled meats, roasted game, ribs and strong cheeses. Buy it at: Martin Wine Cellar, Terranova Brothers Superette, The Fresh Market and Cost Plus World Market. Drink it at: Del Fuego Taqueria.


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