DO Cariñena, Spain; 13.5% ABV
$5 at the Berkeley, CA, store on 14 March
This wine starts out rather red, simple, and sort of fruit-punchy. It needs 60 – 90 minutes of air in a decanter, after which it shows a very nice complex of darker red and purple / black fruits – cherries, raspberries, strawberry, a little plum, perhaps even some watermelon – with lighter acid of the above fruits and some bitterness of cherry pit. Its character is smooth and ripely sweet. If this still doesn’t sound good to you, then I suggest you try this when you want a Zinfandel. I think it would easily substitute for one, and it’s better than any $5 Zin at the GO.
Update next day: Ok, after going shopping this morning, I see there are at least two new $5 Zins I haven’t tried. I got one to see if it’s as good as this Garnacha. 🙂