On New Year's Day, I made a meat pie for dinner from the left-over Christmas Eve prime rib, veg, and mashed potatoes, which had all been frozen for the week.
It was easy because I cheated and took a frozen pie shell, filled it with cut-up beef mixed with gravy and veg, and covered it with the left-over mashed potatoes I had mixed with a bit of flour and melted butter and then flattened to serve as a pseudo top crust. I picked a new (to me) cheap (at least, in this market it's cheap) red to try: 2006 Lujuria($9.99/13.5% ABV).
Lujuria, a blend of Monastrell (also called Mourvèdre or Mataró) and Merlot, is produced by Bodegas y Vinedos del Mediterraneo and hails from Yecla, DO(Denominación de Origen), a smaller and lesser-known wine-growing region than its immediate neighbours, Jumilla, Almansa, and Alicante.
This wine is considerably more complex on the nose than I had expected, with aromas of jammy dark red and black fruits, dill, licorice, coffee, and a dusty mineral component. Although a bit simpler on the palate, the red and black fruits, coffee, and herbaceous elements come through and tie in nicely with its acid and tannins.
Lujuria isn't, in my books, a wine I'd serve at a special occasion, but it's friendly and easy to get along with—and only $9.99. Certainly, it's a Tuesday-night-with-leftovers wine that I’d buy again.
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