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Finca Luzón 1998 Jumilla ($8.99)
Very dark garnet, with fresh blueberry aromas and oaky vanillins. Juicy and tart flavor, fresh berry fruit and zippy acidity. Simple and fresh, good food wine. Label indicates that it's 50% Monastrell (Mourvèdre), 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Tempranillo. U.S. importer: Cutting Edge Selections, Cincinnati. (Nov. 27, 1999)
FOOD MATCH: Fine with Filipino pork adobo (not to mention the happy coincidence of names between the wine and the major Phillipine island, Luzon).
Carchelo 1998 Jumilla (Spain) Monastrell ($7.99)
Following up on last month's tasting of the Carchelo 1995 Jumilla, this younger vintage seems less focused on earth and more on fruit. Dark ruby in color, it offers ripe cherry-berry fruit on the nose and palate, crisp and fresh, with little of the leathery and "forest-floor" qualities that characterized the older wine. Still a good buy in a quaffable table wine, but perhaps it benefits from a little aging. U.S. importer: Classical Wines From Spain, Seattle. (Nov. 15, 1999)
FOOD MATCH: Good match with a Northern Italian beef stew with peas in a dark wine-and-tomato sauce.
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