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Wine of the week: 2014 Santo Cristo Selection Garnacha 

Campo de Borja, Spain

Retail $9-$13

Tempranillo is Spain's most planted grape. Garnacha, a precursor to French grenache, is the second most planted grape and produces easy-drinking, fruit-forward, lively wines. Santo Cristo Seleccion Garnacha was produced in the Campo de Borja Denominacion de Origen (DO) northwest of the Zaragoza province, between the plains of the Ebro River and the Sistema Iberico Mountains. The region's elevated vineyards (1,200 to 1,800 feet above sea level) receive good sun exposure, and the low-yield vineyards, averaging 25 to 40 years old, produce concentrated fruit. Santo Cristo's 2014 harvest of whole clusters occurred in late October. The grapes were destemmed, crushed and placed into vats for temperature-controlled fermentation. In the glass, the wine offers aromas of ripe red berries and a whiff of spice. On the palate, taste raspberry, cherry, spice, dusty tannins and a pleasant minerality. Open 15 minutes before serving. Drink it with skewered beef, roasted vegetables, sausage, poultry, veal or pasta dishes. Buy it at: Pearl Wine Co., Spirit Wine and Acquistapace's Covington Supermarket. Drink it at: Lola's and Patois.


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