Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Honoro Vera Garnacha 2011

Sorry,  faithul readers --that is, if I still have any-- I've been out of circulation for a few days, and U.S..hospitals have these imbecilic rules about not serving wine. What we have here is another example of Garnacha's renaissance in Spain. This quondam plonk grape is now used to make quality wines and this one, from Calatayud in S.W. Aragon is a good example of the phenomenon. It exhibits a nice combination of ripe fruit elements, mostly plum and blackberry (although as I have been forced to conclude blackberries that one buys in supermarkets these days taste of nothing at all) and is nevertheless dry, with a distinct peppery finish. A very nice wine. $9.99, which is a dollar or two above the market, but still very much worth getting.

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