Zerran D.O. Montsant 2011 Red Wine, $13.50-$15.00, 90 points, appeared a deep near opaque purple with a pink hue, but not quite as purple as a Shiraz, and had a broad transparent rim.
Beautiful aroma with clove, cedar, flowers, and (as Ben pointed out) just a hint of Granny Smith apple.
Full bodied with sharp acidity and intense tannin.
A bounty of flavors with coffee, tobacco, briar-blackberry, plum, and a true reflection of the aroma.
Finished quite long on the trailing palate with intense spice and a touch of the 14% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with a Philly cheese steak.
Varietals are 50% Garnacha, 40% Mazuello or Carignan (Jancis Robinson explains), and 10% Syrah.
This is a high QPR-Quality/Price/Ratio red wine (typical for Spanish Red) which I bought at the Londonderry Hannaford's Supermarket.
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