The 2008 Las Rocas de San Alejandro Garnacha is great quality Spanish wine plain and simple.
While it lacks the subtle charms that made the 2007 vintage a hit (90pts Wine Advocate) it is warm, deep and delicious.
I smell wine as much as I drink wine and this one has plenty to offer on its beautiful nose. Rich red fruits like blackberry and raspberry segue into huge pepper and black licorice. I cannot stress how great this thing smells.
The deeper you inhale the more you feel you are scrying some secret hidden beneath its ruby surface, long forgotten to time and always just out of reach. Ya, it’s that good.
On the palate this wine is a wonderful pepper bomb. Pepper first, followed by those red fruits and licorice notes before ending with slightly too much alcohol.
This wine will only get better with age however and at a retail of around $9 it’s hard to beat.
Don’t forget to smell!