WHAT: Bodegas Victoria Pardina 2005 (red) Rating: NNNN
WHERE: Cariñena, Spain
WHY: Like much of Spain, the Cariñena region is shifting from historic production to more internationally accepted styles of wine. A blend of Tempranillo, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon aged in French oak, Pardina is part of the don't-make-'em-like-they-used-to crowd. Warm, plummy, super-drinkable, age-worthy: the overriding of tradition never tasted so good.
PRICE: 750 ml/$17.95
AVAILABILITY: At selected Vintages outlets as of January 17 (product #82453)