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Wine review: Elias Mora Crianza 2009, Spain

Food Pairing
Roast leg of lamb; roasted or grilled red meats

Love this red for the fresh berry fruit. Admire it for the savoury herbal, pipe-tobacco and cedar notes. Respect it for its rugged, dusty, unwimpy texture. This is brilliant tempranillo from the value-oriented Toro region (where tempranillo is sometimes called tinto de toro). Ripe, at 15-per-cent alcohol, it remains elegant through the long, dry finish. Perfect for roast leg of lamb but it would flatter a range of roasted or grilled red meats. Impressive bang for the buck; $19.99 in B.C., various prices in Alberta, $16.98 in Manitoba, $24.01 in Newfoundland.

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Beppi Crosariol writes about wine and spirits in the Globe Life and Style sections.He has been The Globe's wine and spirits columnist for more than 10 years. In the late 1990s, he also wrote a food trends column called The Biting Edge.Beppi used to cover business law for ROB and previously edited the paper's weekly technology section. More


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