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Thursday, June 07, 2007

Panarroz 2005

Fans of Spanish reds shouldn't miss the Panarroz 2005 from Jumilla. A blend of Monastrell, Garnacha and Syrah (or Mourvèdre, Grenache and Shiraz, if you prefer), it delivers a pleasant, somewhat leathery nose, a medium body, and dark fruit and dried cherries on the palate. Plenty of firm tannins are present, so pair it with meat, decant it for half an hour or so, or squirrel some away in your cellar to add a few more months of bottle age. A bit rustic, but at $9 it's a great match for burgers on the grill.
M. Zane Grey, 8:12 AM