Rioja Gran Reserva by Marqués de Legarda | 2004
Marqués de Legarda is 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!) This 2004 Gran Reserva represents 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!