WINE OF THE MONTH- MAY

Last month I focused on Italian wine, and over the course of this month I’ll be concentrating heavily on wines from just west across the Mediterranean in the very diverse country of Spain. You can expect a full tasting report towards the end of the month, but for now, here’s an entry level wine from a great producer (their flagship Grenache was one of my favorite Spanish wines of the 2006 vintage) that delivers the power of a top level wine for half the price. Buy it (and drink it) up while it is still around.

BODEGAS ALTO MONCAYO GARNACHA VERATON CAMPO DE BORJA 2007, $30, 92 Points, 500 Cases Imported

Lots of toasty oak on the nose above elegant black plum, dark raspberry and spice box aromas. Perfumey body of floral black and purple currant fruit, with raisin, blackberry, spicecake and plum notes above creamy oak and loads of peppery spice. Long finish with hints of toffee creeping in along with intense, spicy fruit lingering. Drinking quite well for its youth with impressive depth of flavor.

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