The Spanish wine region of Priorat is in the northeastern part of the country. Priorat is known for its black slate and quartz soils, a rich terroir of volcanic origin. Garnacha is the main grape there, and Grenache - as we call it in other parts of the globe - is always a great choice for pairing with food. Alcohol is fairly high, at 14.2% abv, and the wine retails for $14 at Whole Foods. H&G Wine is a California-based winery which produces wine from various parts of the world, Spain included.
Rich and dark in the glass, the wine sports a savory nose, displaying the minerals of the region. Tobacco store, cigar smoke, nutmeg, clove and blackberries mingle in a brooding mix. The palate shows black fruit framed in a host of savory spice sensations. Oak is present, but it plays nicely in the earthy scenario. The aromas and flavors are lively and dark - it's a very complex wine which deserves to be savored over a lingering sip session, or with a hearty meal. Beef, stew and barbecue are all good pairings for it.
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