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This elegant wine has been my go-to sub $20 Spanish red for years, and the 2016 vintage is another gem! Bodega Bernabeleva is certified biodynamic; all fermentations occur in large oak barrels with native yeasts. An incredible value, considering most of the vines are 80 years old, and the youngest vines on the estate are 30 years old! The wine is a beautiful light ruby color with a nose of dried red flowers, strawberries, rose hips and dusty cherries.  The palate is lively with fine tannins, every few minutes another expressive layer reveals itself. Red fruit, savory herbs transition into a silky and robust finish. This easy-drinking wine is fruit forward and a bit juicy; the perfect pairing for pizza, tomato based pasta or spicy rice dishes.

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