This is a fascinating Garnacha from a property just 45 minutes from Madrid, in San Martín de Valdeiglesias at the foot of the Cerro de Guisando and the Gredos mountains. A blend of 40-to-60-or-more-year-old vines grown organically and biodynamically, the 2012 Navaherreros Garnacha is a vibrant ruby in color with a wonderful perfume of raspberries, orange and herbs. The whole cluster fermentation gives a wine that's vivid and fresh, with an earthy tang and a silky mouthfeel. It's an incredibly elegant wine for the price from consultant Raúl Pérez and winemaker/viticulturist Marc Isart Pinos.
This is a versatile wine that could go from tapas and jamón to hearty bean-and-sausage stews, a roast chicken or grilled lamb chops.
Price: $20 to $26
Style: Vivid and fresh
What it goes with: Tapas, jamón, bean stews, roast chicken, lamb chops
Where to find it: BestWinesOnline in Santa Ana, (888) 817-8880, www.bestwinesonline.com; Everson Royce in Pasadena, (626) 765-9334, www.eversonroyce.com; John and Pete's Fine Wines & Spirits in West Hollywood, (310) 657-3080, www.johnandpetes.com; Lincoln Fine Wines in Venice, (310) 392-7816, www.lincolnfinewines.com; Silver Lake Wine in Los Angeles, (323) 662-9024, www.silverlakewine.com; Wally's Wine & Spirits in West Los Angeles, (310) 475-0606, www.wallywine.com; the Wine Country in Signal Hill, (562)597-8303, www.thewinecountry.com; and the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731, www.winehouse.com.
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