Las Rocas de San Alejandro 2004 Calatayud Garnacha ($10.00)
Very dark and slightly hazy reddish-purple. The aromas are classic Grenache, a heaping bowl of fresh raspberries with "green" back notes of leaves and tree sap and a dash of white pepper. It's mostly raspberry on the palate, juicy and tart, with plenty of acidity and even a dose of scratchy tannin to save it from "fruit bomb" status. US Importer: European Cellars LLC, Charlotte, N.C., Eric Solomon Selection. (Mar 26, 2006)
FOOD MATCH: Fine with pork or poultry or even beef, it made an excellent match with chicken in a light tomato ragù over farfalle, the dish inspired by Mario Batali's oxtail gnocchi that I featured in the March 30, 2006 30 Second Wine Advisor FoodLetter.
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