The Vault is Open! Rioja Gran Reserva by Marqués de Legarda | 2005
If you don't know Marqués de Legarda, then you should. It's made at Bodegas de la Real Divisa, which is one of the oldest wineries in the world, dating back to 1367. Their style is staunchly old-school, meaning traditional blends of Tempranillo with Graciano and Mazuelo aged in used barrels (the older, the better!)
The Gran Reserva 2005 represents the estate vineyards located in the Rioja Alta region where iron-rich soils give the aged wines an unmistakable and seductive umami core, like smells reminiscent of an outdoor barbecue. With all its savory perks, though, there's no shortage of sweet-smelling fruits like tiny red berries, dark cherry, and plum. At 13% alcohol, the wine feels exuberant and fresh on the palate and makes the "ultimate pairing wine." From southeast Asian spices, to pizza, to local seafood and grilled meats, you can roam the globe when drinking Rioja, if it's Marqués de Legarda!
Region: Rioja Alta, Spain
Tasting Notes: Smoked tomato, dried raspberry, jamón serrano
Pair with: Thai beef salad, cheese pizza, crab legs
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