Mederaño 2000 Vino de la Tierra de Castilla Tinto ($9.99)
A Spanish variation on the popular Grenache-Syrah/Shiraz-Mourvedre (GSM) red blends, this new offering from the folks who make Freixenet (the Spanish sparkling wine in the black bottle) is a combination of equal parts Garnacha and Monastrell (Spanish for Grenache and Mourvedre) plus 20 percent Cabernet Sauvignon. Dark garnet in color, it offers pleasant raspberry and leafy herbaceous scents, an aroma profile somewhat reminiscent of a Zinfandel but with attractive earthy overtones that say "Old World." It's juicy and ripe on the palate, bright berry fruit and mouth-watering acidity; balanced and surprisingly complex, it's a good food wine. US Importer: Victoire Imports Co., San Leandro, Calif. (Oct 10, 2004)
FOOD MATCH: Fine with grilled meat, it made a very good match with a meatless option, a Spanish potato tortilla.
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