Las Rocas Garnacha
The 2006 Las Rocas Garnacha is dark crimson-colored with an alluring nose of spice box, mineral, black cherry, and black raspberry. Smooth-textured, round, and with no hard edges, this tasty effort is designed for immediate gratification.
Where it’s from: The community of Calatayud in the Zaragoza province of southwest Spain, where the cooperative Bodegas San Alejandro has been producing wine since 1962. The firm concentrates on garnacha, the red wine made from the grenache grape popular in Spain, France and Australia.
Tasting notes: Ruby red in color, the wine has subtle scents of red fruit and wood. The graceful, bright, fruit flavors are smooth, leading to a peppery close. It’s a medium-bodied wine that complements food beautifully — and is a good value.
Pairings: Beef, veal, chicken, pasta with red sauce, seasonal soups and tangy cheeses.