Friday, July 27, 2007

Rating: *** 2004 Las Rocas (de San Alejandro) Garnacha, Calatayud, Spain

Review: This is a "practically free" Spanish grenache. Stephen Tanzer gave it 90 points, and I'm aching to try it.

In the glass, it shows as a deep even ruby red. Well, on swirling, the aromas are already spilling over the glass into the room - that's a good sign! On closer examination, that aroma is a bright, red, peppery fruit, with an alcoholic purple-plum overtone. On the palate, you get that big, purple plum boldness right in the middle. Not much in the way of tannins that I could find - perhaps a little burnt edge. Interestingly, though, the finish is quite long, with a touch of caramel and just a hint of old, sweaty laundry in the background.

I'm gonna try something else tonight, so I won't give it more than three stars. But I'm kinda curious about this thing with a little more air and time, so I would want to come back to it. That makes it precisely three stars out of five. Crazy high QPR!!

By comparison, here's what Stephen Tanzer said: "Deep ruby. Inky cherry, blackberry, cassis, licorice and graphite on the nose; this is the bouquet of a $30 wine. Deep, concentrated dark fruit flavors show impressive sweetness, with complicating mineral and spice notes adding interest. The minerality on the finish provides support to the dense, sweet cherry and blackcurrant flavors. This is a ridiculous bargain."

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