Catalonia, in Spain's northeast, is a home to many grapes also grown in France's Rhône Valley. Which home is the home is a dispute to avoid here, but don't avoid this tasty, affordable 50-50 Garnacha-Cariñena (or en Français, Grenache-Carignane) blend. The complex aromas of dark fruit, rosemary, lavender, smoke and leather are impressive. The sweet-tart fruit, offset by game, licorice and oak accents, rides a tangy mouthfeel, and the dry finish displays a hint of gunpowder. It's juicy, but not simple; in fact, the wine's gamy notes may be too much for some. Still, this offers real character in a price range where far too many wines lack any identity. Drink now–2006+. Best Buy. —M.M.