An "incredible value" Spanish red

Importer Eric Solomon is an extremely reliable source for top value wines from Spain and the 2016 Bodegas Castano Alcaria Old Vines is an excellent illustration of that fact at only $9.99. A blend of Grenache, Mourvedre (Monastrell is the Spanish name for Mourvedre), and Syrah from Yecla, it is delicious and showing beautifully at 5 years of age.

Jeb Dunnuck, a very dependable source for Spanish wines, agrees me, rating it 91 points: " A custom cuvée made for importer Eric Solomon with Jean-Marc Lafage, the 2016 Alcaria is a blend of 50% Monastrell, 25% Syrah, and the balance Garnacha, brought up in a mix of French and American oak barrels. An incredible value that more than over-delivers, this deeply colored red boasts terrific notes of ripe black fruits, chocolate, smoked herbs, and graphite. With full-boded richness and a sexy, opulent style on the palate, it opens up nicely in the glass. 91 points."

And here's a recipe for the perfect dish to serve with it:

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