Portico del Castillo 2002 Yecla Monastrell ($9.99)
This Monastrell (Mourvedre) hails from Yecla, a small and rather obscure wine region in Southeastern Spain, near Jumilla. Very dark reddish-purple in color, it shows almost a bluish cast. The aromas are all earthy Mourvedre: Ripe black fruit accented by characteristic varietal accents of leather, "tree bark" and subtle "barnyard." Big and full on the palate, juicy black fruit gains structure from crisp acidity and gentle warmth from substantial 14.5 percent alcohol. US Importer: European Cellars Direct, NYC, Eric Solomon Selections. (May 18, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: This gutsy, powerful wine has plenty of oomph to stand up to spicy, savory lamb burgers loaded with ginger, garlic and sweet-hot red peppers.

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