Clua 2004 "Mas d'en Pol" Terra Alta ($10.00)
A blend of 50 percent Grenache (Garnatxa Negre in Catalan), 20 percent Syrah, 15 percent Merlot and 15 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, this is an inky blackish-purple wine with a clear garnet edge. Earthy raspberries add an appealing mineral note of red clay in the aroma; ripe red plums and tart cherries cloak a firm acidic core. Very good wine, particularly for this low-end price. US Importer: Bluegrass-Catalunya International, Louisville (Mar 15, 2006)

FOOD MATCH: Its combination of fruit and earth made it a beautiful match for a reasonably successful home interpretation of Cuban lechon asada, citrus-marinated roast pork.



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