Viña Alarba 2002 Calatayud Old Vines Grenache ($8.99)
Dark garnet in color, almost black in the glass. Pleasant scents of raspberries and spice lead into a ripe, fresh-fruit flavor that marries raspberries and floral white pepper; mouth-watering acidity provides balance, and lingers in a long, clean finish. In contrast with the Borsao 2002 Campo de Borja also featured in the August 2004 Wine Tasting 101 Forum, this isn't as much of a "fruit bomb," but it's arguably a better-balanced and more refined wine, with plenty of berry-like Grenache fruit to give it personality. US Importer: Cutting Edge Selections, Fairfax, Ohio, and other regional importers; from Jorge Ordoñez. (Aug 30, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: Fine with grilled meats, burgers or just about any red-meat match, it also went well with a hearty, earthy but meatless Italian-style involtini di melanzane, eggplant slices rolled around creamy ricotta filling and baked with a fresh tomato sauce.

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