PICK of the RACK: Cellers Baronia del Montsant | Englora | D.O. Montsant | Spain | 2008 | $18 | 90 pts

Englora 2008A big brother of our previously featured 2009 Flor d’Englora Roure (red blend), here is another delightful red from northeastern Spain’s Montsant appellation (Denominación de Origen) — a mountainous region west of Barcelona where wine grapes are grown on steep, craggy slopes. Low-yielding old vine Grenache and Carignan are the dominant red varieties of the region, and while they figure prominently in this wine (47% and 22%, respectively), Cabernet Sauvignon also plays an appreciable role at 19% along with more modest splashes of Syrah (8%) and Tempranillo (4%). The wine offers aromas of raspberry and burnt sugar followed by flavors of black cherry, nutmeg, and cola, with subtle flourishes of cedary oak on a medium to full-bodied frame. The wine aged ten months in oak barrels — one-third new French oak. This is a savory and elegant red that offers admirable substance for the price. It is also quite versatile — try it with hearty fare such as grilled beef, pork, and even seafood. This producer often amazes us with how much palate appeal their wines offer at such modest prices. We are keeping our eyes peeled for the next vintage.

Availability: Englora can be found at Total Wine stores nationwide; for local availability, visit them at www.totalwine.com. For more information about this wine or others produced by Cellers Baronia del Montsant, visit the winery virtually at http://www.baronia-m.com/.

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