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Monday, May 4, 2009

Bargain Wine of the Week: 2006 Panarroz Jumilla

A couple of weeks ago we used an online wine store to show how to find wines under $10 that had also been rated highly by wine magazines and experts. One of the wines that made the list was 2006 Panarroz Jumilla.

This wine rated 90 points from Robert Parker and can be found on sale for $8 a bottle. If you are drinking so-so weekday wines that cost $10 and thinking, "I wish I could afford something more drinkable"—buy a case of this Spanish wine.

It's a full-bodied wine with a long finish that goes with everything from seared steak and au gratin potatoes to a plate of leftovers. Its spicy licorice and cherry flavors make it a good match with pork or a spicy chicken dish.

When Parker gave this Panarroz the 90 rating in The Wine Advocate, he said, “An amazing bargain from Spain, this blend of mourvèdre, grenache, and syrah bursts with plum, blackberry, and licorice-infused fruit. There is a bit of pepper as well, and the wine is silky, soft, and opulent. Serve it at a barbecue.”

Some wine snobs will look down their noses at this bottle because of its high rating, low price, and popularity. But as a weekday wine, this red belongs in a bargain hunter's wine rack.

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