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Wine of the week: 2015 Herencia Altes Garnatxa Negra 

Catalonia, Spain

Retail $10-$13

The widely planted but lesser-regarded varietal grenache — known as garnacha in Spain (or garnatxa in Catalonia) — is getting attention in its own right. It has blossomed in French blends such as the Rhone's Chateauneuf-du-Pape and dry roses from Provence. The grape is making its biggest statement in Spain, especially in the acclaimed Priorat region. The Herencia Altes estate is located in Terra Alta, the Catalonia region's southernmost Denominacion de Origen. Vineyards more than 50 years old lie in the foothills, plateaus and valley floor below 3,000-foot peaks. Mediterranean maritime influences temper the warm climate. Hand-harvested garnacha grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks at a low temperature and macerated for six days. In the glass, the wine exudes vibrant aromas of red currants with earthy and spicy accents. On the palate, taste cranberry, raspberry, black cherries, a hint of white pepper, refreshing minerality and silky tannins. Decant 15 minutes before serving. Drink it with grilled meats and vegetables, spicy meatballs, roasted fowl and game and mature cheeses. Buy it at: Pearl Wine Co., Philippe's Wine Cellar, Second Vine Wine, Dorignac's and Langenstein's in Metairie. Drink it at: Johnny Sanchez, Mid City Pizza and The Big Cheezy.


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