There is a lot of “young wine” or “joven” from Spain on the market that make for great midweek drinking that won’t break your wine budget. These wines are totally made in stainless steel and are not aged in oak to preserve the pure fruit flavors. Made from vines between 35 and 50 years of age this Grenache-Syrah blend delivers the fruit bomb goods at a price that encourages case purchases. This is not a wine to ponder in your finest stems but gulp from water glasses with pizza or hamburgers.
Almira, “Los Dos”, Grenache-Syrah, Campo de Borja, “Old Vines” 2005 ($7) – A blend of 93% Grenache and 7% Syrah. Dark purple in color with aromas of cherry, fennel and pepper. Bright cherry flavors with some white pepper finishing with good acidity. Simple, juicy and a nice value.
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