Friday, April 8, 2011

Atteca Calatayud Old Vines Garnacha, 2007

I chose this from the wine list at Every Day People Cafe in Douglas, MI to accompany an entree of Cuban Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Chorizo, Black Beans and Avacado. It was a good match, offering up ripe Grenache fruit and complexity to counter the aggressive, spicy flavors of the dish. The color is a deep crimson, very typical of Grenache. The aromas of fresh raspberry are low key but expressive and unmistakeably Grenache. On the palate, there is deep berry fruit countered with deep earthy, briary tones. The old vines complexity is apparent on the finish. This is a much more serious wine than the 2007 Earthworks Barossa Shiraz I tasted from my wife's glass. The latter had ripe berry fruit and not much oak but was relatively simple and straightforward.

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