The 2009 Castillo de Almansa Garnacha Tintorera (Alicante Bouschet) was raised in stainless steel. Cherry red in color with a nose of pomegranate, cranberry, mineral, and bacon, on the palate it is easy-going, concentrated, and quite unique in its flavor profile.
Recommended - Founded in 1915 in the Almansa region of southern Spain, Bodegas Piqueras released its first bottled wine in 1961. It was the first area winery to use oak barrels after the 1975 creation of the Denominación de Origin Almansa, which regulates Almansa's wine production. Made from Garnacha Tintorera, also known as Alicante Bouschet, this grape is one the few that has colored flesh; its free-run juice is actually red. Aromas and flavors of juicy dense boysenberry, blackberry with plummy high notes and black pepper highlights segue to a round palate with soft silky edges and just enough tannin to provide focus. The wine becomes more textured with Majon cheese and mild chorizo; with just 13.5 percent alcohol, it is terrific with grilled meats and even moderately spicy barbecue.