A pleasant and interesting wine, leading with plum, raspberry, cranberry, and spicy hints of cayenne and thyme. Light tannins and acids are there in good balance. The mid-palate is lacking, dropping from attack to simpler one-dimensional juice, but retaining the peppery pop. It’s a good burger and fries wine but a ribeye would knock it out in the first round.

WHO: Celler de Capçanes
WHAT: Grenache (85%), Syrah (15%)
WHERE: Montsant DO, Spain
WHEN: 2007
HOW MUCH: $12

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