Almansa Laya 2009

Almansa Laya 2009
Spain, $14

Southern Spain has become a go-to spot as of late for muscular reds that are easy on the wallet. The hot plains produce big, ripe wines but both the Monastrell (Mouvedre) and Garnacha (Grenache) can take the heat, and if they’re tamed by a bit of oak aging, they can be brought under control. This bottling from Almansa is big and spicy and just a bit hot in the mouth but it is easy to drink on it’s own and has nice espresso and licorice notes.

 

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