‘Perfect Red for Your Summer Grilling’

‘Perfect Red for Your Summer Grilling’

A black-and-white label promising a lot, and delivering a bargain in grill-side refreshment

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Today’s wine sports a black-and-white label that could have been created on your home printer. But its boldness stands out among the colorful fare out there, and might well be a gem of  presentation. “3C” implies a wine from the town of, district of and grape variety of Cariñena. The label contains much chatter promoting the old-vine Carignan that thrives in this region between Barcelona and Madrid. The cork is branded with “Carinena Ambassadors” (!), and there is conviction in this bottle of bargain wine. For my money, its a perfect red for your casual summer grilling needs.

2014 3C, Grandes Vinos y Vinedos, Cariñena $6-$8 srp

Deep garnet color. Enticing, spicy nose of dark berries, plum and wind-swept greenery. Flavors are smooth and grapey – almost like the fresh wine you buy at the back door of a peasant farmer in Europe. Refreshing, and reminiscent of a hypothetical “Beaujolais” made with the Carignan grape, its simple, supple and improves with aeration. This is what I like to drink, slightly chilled, on the patio, with grilled anything. It’s genuine stuff made with pride.

87/100 points

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Arturo Ciompi
Trained as a classical clarinetist and conductor, Arturo plied his trade for many years in New York, performing with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York City Opera, the American Symphony and countless chamber music groups. While living in Durham, Arturo became the wine manager at two iconic gourmet stores: Fowler’s in Durham and Southern Season in Chapel Hill. He had a wine spot on NPR in the ’90s and has been a continuously published wine journalist since 1997. He has won national awards for his work and is currently writing for Durham Magazine and its weekly blog, “Wine Wednesdays”. In addition, he loves teaching the clarinet. Read more on his website.