Caya 2012, Wine Advocate 90 points, $9.49
This is a second label of Juan Gil. And if you have had that tight black dress of a wine, you can imagine what this wine offers. A blend of 70% Garnacha, 30% Monastrell, Laya are grown in the calcareous soils between 700 and 1,000 meters above sea level. The winemaker says the plan was to craft a "unique wine that combines complexity, structure and intense color with the explosion of fruit..." Mission accomplished, deep purple in color this easy drinking wine opens with dark cherries, blackberry and a waft of incense on the nose. Medium bodied with exploding black fruit on the palate, coffee and a little licorice all laced with subtle oak.
Altes Herencia 2011, Garnatxa Blanca, $9.99
From the not yet famous, and hence, less expensive,Terra Alta region in the southeastern corner of the Catalonia border of Aragon and Valencia, this Eric Solomon Selection is, in a word, elegant. The winemaker says the Terra Alta region is "among the best in terms of quality and authenticity." The oh so conducive to grape growing hills and beauty have beckoned painters over the years and been the subject of many works. Pablo Picasso spent his summers in Terra Alta and may or may not have had Garnatxa from this vineyard but, since the vines are old, let's just say he did!. So, if Pablo had been sipping a glass of this bottle, he would find a floral nose with just a whisper of green apple and stone fruit. And he would no doubt be pleased with the almost creamy palate and long finish. Channel Picasso for only $9.99.