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Castillo de Javier Reserva 2005
Navarra DO, Spain

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)
SATURDAY, JANUARY 5 @ 08:00 PM (ET)

Because this blend of Cabernet, Merlot, and Tempranillo presents a dynamic mix of popular grapes, enjoy it with a film like director John Sturges’s star-studded Western – headlined by Burt Lancaster as Wyatt Earp and Kirk Douglas as “Doc” Holliday. The movie tells the legendary story in able fashion, but the clear highlight is the famous gunfight that has been characterized as one of the most thrilling shootouts ever filmed. The movie’s desert setting is quite fitting for a wine from the arid Navarra region of Spain.

THE WINE

 This exciting Reserva hails from fifth-generation brothers Victor and David Manzanos. Ever in search of new winemaking adventures, the pair headed over the border from Rioja into Navarra. This arid, mountainous region has a culture as diverse as its more famous neighbor (see below), and its wines deliver BIG on flavor and value.

The brothers fell in love with, then quickly purchased, an old estate which they re-christened Las Campanas – “the bells,” named for the tolling of a nearby cathedral belfry. Deep inside the cellar, barrels of wine were already stored, tucked away in a corner by the previous owners, quietly slumbering away, peals echoing over them since late 2005. A blend of Cabernet, Merlot, and Tempranillo, Castillo de Javier (another namesake – this time for a famous 10th-century castle just up the road) was aged a total of 24 months in French and American oak barrels. Several more years of bottle age has softened up all the edges on this spicy-smooth, perfectly mature beauty.

THE REGION

VY_Spain_NavarrraIt’s the land of running bulls and the immortal setting of Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. It’s known as Spain’s “garden,” where famous produce like white asparagus, teardrop peas, piquillo peppers, and artichokes flourish. But in our hearts, Navarra’s strongest suit is its rich red wines. Thanks to its proximity to the ever-famous Rioja, it still flies well under the radar of many wine fans. For now ...

WITH FOOD

charc_bangersandmashNavarra’s guisante lágrima (the teardrop peas we mentioned) are so sought-after, they sell for upwards of $350 a pound ... a great story to tell guests as you serve them lamb sausage with pea purée. White asparagus – grilled with good olive oil and lemon – will be an excellent match for the vegetarians in your group. Slices of Roncal (a local sheep’s cheese) will work too.

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