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Monday, July 30, 2007

Pardevalles Gamonal Prieto Picudo 2005

pardevallesAfter trying Alaia, a red blend that is 50 percent Prieto Picudo, I wanted to sample the Pardevalles Gamonal Prieto Picudo 2005, which is a pure example of wine made from the obscure grape of León.

At $19, the Gamonal is more than twice the price of Alaia, but at least for the additional ten bucks you get one additional point from the Wine Advocate (90 vs. 89).

It didn't take the Gamonal long to open in a decanter. By the time I had sliced three peppers and an onion it was releasing a heady aroma of cedar and cassis, and hit the palate with earthy dark plums and blackberries, robust body, and a balanced tannic structure that stays in the background. The finish is dry and long. If I had to compare this wine to anything, I'd say it falls somewhere between a Primitivo and a Malbec, but with a distinctly Spanish character.

Enjoy this wine by itself, or with a hearty entrée. We paired it with Roasted Red Bell Pepper Fettucini topped with grilled pepper and onions, Italian sausage and a Romano Pomodoro sauce, and couldn't have been happier.
M. Zane Grey, 10:34 AM