Zeta Garnacha 2005
A few things made me buy this bottle. First, the striking, shiny red and silver label caught my eye and insisted attention. I know, I know, you can’t judge a wine by its package any more than a book by its cover, but it seemed to be screaming for me to take off the shelf and hold in my hand.
Once I picked up the bottle and studied the label, I liked the idea that it was from Navarra, Spain, as that region has proven time and time again to be a hotbed of red wines with a favorable quality:price ratio. Finally, I saw it was brought in by Weygandt-Metzler, who is one of those smaller importers that you can count on for getting your moneyâ€™s worth. Alas, I was not disappointed (who says â€œalasâ€ these days, by the way?)
An open nose of earth, berries, black fruits, and spice suggests a juicy wine, and indeed thatâ€™s what you get on the palate. Lots of forward, jammy black and red berry fruit fill the palate upfront, and remain in good balance as a gush of ripe tannins and ample acidity follow the fruit and provide good structure. Itâ€™s a touch hot at the very end, but otherwise provides a tight bundle of jammy fruit, earth, and spices from start to finish. A good match for lean red meat, ground-turkey based burgers and sloppy joeâ€™s, mild chili, tacos, and cheeses.
A great wine? Not by a longshot. But for about eight or nine bucks, it’s a fine value.
a-8 t-7 b-8 fc-8 v-7 ~ 85 Points