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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Wrongo Dongo 2004

Funny name, goofy label, really good wine!

Wrongo Dongo is a Monastrell made by Bodegas Hijos de Juan Gil, a winery that also makes an excellent, eponymous old-vine Monastrell. It's under $10, light to medium-bodied and delicious, and leads with flavors of strawberry and raspberry, which continue through its fairly short finish. (Short finish? No problemo -- have another sip!)

Monastrell, by the way, is better known by the French name Mourvédre, despite the fact that it is a Spanish native. In France it's commonly used as a blending grape for Rhône blends, but it is in Jumilla that it is truly allowed to express itself.

This wine would be a good steppingstone for people trying to make the leap from White Zin to reds, and red drinkers should find it eminently quaffable too. Perfect for parties, grilled salmon, and summer.
M. Zane Grey, 9:50 PM