This Spanish Grenache/Syrah blend will absolutely find its way into my summer barbecues. The aromatics literally leapt from the glass and pulled me in. That, followed by its zesty and mouthwatering performance on the palate, made me think to pair this with something from the grill. The best part is how simple this pairing was. Grilled Spice-Rubbed Skirt Steak would be a little too spicy for a full-bodied red, but the Bogatell took it in strides because of its vibrancy and drive on the palate. This combination was a game of contrasts on the palate and resulted in a pleasing balance of fruit and spice.
And it doesn’t stop there; this wine was a pleasure with grilled asparagus, mushrooms and, of course, burgers.
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2011 Bogatell Terra Alta Garnacha Negra – The nose was very expressive and fresh with crisp watermelon, strawberries and whipped cream (but not sweet), followed by raw almond and minerals. On the palate, it had a medium body with great focus, showing flavors of ripe cherry and citrus zest. The finish was simple yet a perfect close to this wine, as citrus notes and mouthwatering acidity left a slight zing on the palate.