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A Pair From Spain Including an Excellent Value


I always have great fun tasting wines from Spain.  The Las Pizarras del Jalon has a soft and fat mouthfeel throughout but no great depth of flavor.  Perhaps it is in an awkward state right now.  The Herencia Altes is a good wine and also priced ridiculously low.  I double checked the price of my bottle against the website and it really is $10!  The raspberry flavors mix well with the tangy acidity and should drink well for several years.  You should definitely pick some up. These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

2005 Las Pizarras del Jalon, Alto, Old Vines Grenache, Calatayud – $17
Imported by Monsieur Touton Selection.  This wine is 100% Grenache sourced from 70-100 year old vines located on slate vineyards at 800 to 1050 meters.  The fruit begin fermentation with indigenous yeasts then was inoculated with selected yeasts.  It underwent malolactic fermentation then was aged 11 months in 100% new French oak.  Alcohol 14%.  There was soft, dark red fruit.  The soft flavors mixed with some liquor before tart black cherry flavors and wood came out in the middle.  The flavors harden up a bit but there is still some soft and fat body, along with fine, drying tannins.  ** Now-2017.

2011 Herencia Altes, Garnatxa Negra, Terra Alta – $10
Imported by Eric Solomon Selections.  This is 100% Grenache sourced from old and young vines which was aged in concrete tanks.  Alcohol 14%.  The light nose reveals fresh red raspberry aromas.  In the mouth the flavors are initially smooth and round before similar red raspberry fruit comes out.  The wine remains smooth with gentle, ripe and sweet berries in the aftertaste.  The acidity is tangy.  The wine showed better on the second night.  I spent more time drinking this wine rather than taking notes.  *** Now-2017.

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