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91 • Monasterio de Las Viñas 2008 Garnacha-Syrah, Cariñena $9.99. Best Buy.
Pretty garnet color. Aromas of strawberry-raspberry jam, pencil shavings, and Moroccan orange cake follow through on soft, silky entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with tangy black cherry and spice notes. Finishes with a touch of grilled pepper, cedar, and supple balanced tannins. A great choice for grilled pork chops. (tasted on Feb-24-2009)
88 • Old Hands 2007 Organically Grown, Monastrell, Yecla $12.99. Best Buy. Certified Organic
Deep ruby black color. Aromas of dried cherry, dark roasted nuts, smoldering beeswax candle, and green peppercorns follow through on a round, supple entry to a dry medium-to-full body with sundried tomato and toasty cedar notes. Finishes with a crisp, chewy tannin fade. A nice table wine to serve with charred steaks. (tasted on Feb-24-2009)
88 • Monasterio de Las Viñas 2003 Gran Reserva, Cariñena $19.99.
Deep garnet. Aromas of plums, coconut wax and lipstick follow through on a soft, brisk entry to a dryish light-to-medium body with cranberry and roasted pepper notes. Finishes with a dusty, tangy tannin fade. Needs a good flank steak. (tasted on Feb-23-2009)
86 • Monasterio de Las Viñas 2005 Reserva, Cariñena $14.99. Best Buy.
Deep ruby black color. Delicate aromas of plums, green tomato, and minerals follow through on a brisk soft entry to a dry medium body with brown apple skin and toasty cedar notes. Finishes with a firm dusty tannin fade. (tasted on Feb-23-2009)
84 • Trapio 2004 Monastrell, Yecla $24.99. Cellar Selection.
Inky ruby black color. Aromas of cocoa dusted roasted almonds and sour cherry compote follow through on a crisp entry to a dry medium body with wet cedar and roasted green pepper notes. Finishes in a firm, chewy powdery tannin fade with brown apple and nutshell accents. Give this a year or so to soften up. (tasted on Feb-24-2009)
84 • Vertvs 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon-Tempranillo, Utiel Requena $9.99. Organically Grown Grapes
Deep ruby black color. Aromas of baked cherries, cinnamon spiced nuts, and pork fat follow through on a round entry to a dry medium body with dusty mineral and tart blackberry notes. Finishes with a touch of brown apple, soot, and nutskins on the firm tannic fade. (tasted on Feb-24-2009)
84 • Monasterio de Las Viñas 2006 Crianza, Cariñena $12.99.
Deep garnet color. Bright aromas of blackberry creme brulee and pie spices follow though on a soft, brisk entry to a light-to-medium body with tart cranberry, pepper dust, cedar, and crabapple notes. Finishes with a quick, firm powdery tannin fade. Serve with lamb chops. (tasted on Feb-23-2009)
84 • Corona de Aragon 2006 Crianza, Cariñena $14.99.|Find-a-Wine|
Deep garnet color. Vanilla bean and pie crust aromas. Tart and tangy pomegranate and green tomato flavors with a dry light body and a firm, cedar and mossy earth fade with firm, grainy wood tannins. (tasted on Feb-23-2009)