Azul y Garanza - 2017/18
Deeply intense dark colour. A mass of heady ripe blackberry and dark cherry fruit leaps from the glass. Pure, beautifully ripe and glowing with health, this fine red from Navarra in north east Spain makes a very compelling argument as an alternative to Rioja, its more celebrated neighbour.
The palate of this Spanish wine is similarly easy to enjoy, crammed with a medley of raspberry, damson plum and blackberry with subtle nuances of wild scrub and herbs, topped off with a light dusting of pepper. Tannins are relaxed and gentle. All in all, a joyful glass of casual drinking red.