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Spanish Reds, Incomparable Value

02.08.2006. BusinessWeek online.

A 90-point wine for $7? You can find that kind of value in Spanish wines nowadays. That's because, in recent decades, many growers and vintners have successfully adopted modern viticultural and winemaking practices. As for current vintages, 2004 is an exceptional year, and 2005 is impressive as well. The only year to avoid is 2002, though there are exceptions. Last week we offered white and sparkling wines. This week, we recommend some reds.

Bodegas y Vinedos del Jalón 2004 Viña Alarba Old Vines
90 points. It boasts a deep ruby/purple color, full body, and wonderful kirsch liqueur and raspberry aromas and flavors interwoven with hints of licorice as well as minerals. This stunning effort is almost too good to be true. Drink it over the next one to three years. $7




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