This is a very pleasant Spanish Garnacha, a table-ready pairing for almost any white meat. The nose offers pome fruit, mostly apple and pear, with hints of ginger. Softer fruits join the apple and pear on the palate, loquat perhaps, with some pineapple-acid zing. White florals come through on the finish and linger. Mouth feel is slightly oily, momentarily coating the palate. Drink with Quail Escabèche. Recommended. 89 points. DBH
WHO:Altavins Viticoltors
DESIGNATION: Terra Alta Ilercavonia
WHERE: Spain, Catalunya, Tarragona, Terra Alta
WHAT: Garnacha
HOW MUCH: $18 (media sample)

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