Spain is the new champion of crowd-pleasing, heavyweight reds with wines that often exhaust the palate after a single glass. But hereâ€™s an exception from a winemaker not crafting to popular taste. The wine below was a love at first sip for me â€“ tempering the richness with an earthy personality. It felt real. Hard to say if this is due to the wineryâ€™s traditional winemaking practices â€“ natural yeasts, clay amphoras, no filtering, minimal fussing, or whatever, but it has the feeling is of a red from the pre-smooth and boring era. Loved it.
FINCA CASA BALAGUER 18 Garnacha, Alicante, Spain 13624 Vintages $15.95