2013 Alvaro Palacios Camins del Priorat, $22.00

If you’re looking for a big, blockbuster red wine, keep looking. If you prefer balance, beauty, structure and elegance, look no further. A diverse blend of Cariñena, Garnatxa, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah , the aromas are light but lovely with black cherry and strawberry backed by earthy touches of anise and mocha. The palate is velvety smooth offering ripe red fruits (cherry, berry, currant), subtle plum and smooth tannins. Its long, lingering finish has just the right hit of food friendly acidity. Alvario Palacios makes some of the most highly regarded wines in Spain, commanding correspondingly high prices. The Camins offers a taste of that quality at a fraction of the price.