OK, I admit it. Sometimes (if not more often than not), I’m drawn to prices on a wine list before I even read the name of the wine. Such was the case in my neighborhood in Forest Hills in Queens, N.Y., at the local one-star Michelin restaurant (that’s right, we have Michelin stars in Queens), Danny Brown Wine Bar & Kitchen.
In a bit of post–New Year’s belt-tightening, I was on the lookout for a solid value one recent winter’s evening and was immediately drawn by a $29 listing from Spain. This red is from the Jumilla district in southeastern Spain and is made from the grape Monastrell, the Spanish name for Mourvèdre. Fermented and aged in stainless steel, this wine offers red currant and spiced cherry flavors with hints of ginger. A touch acidic, but not out of bounds, it was a good quaff at a good price. I rated it 86 points, non-blind. And it was right in my budget.
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