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Dinastía Manzanos 2017
Rioja DOCa, Spain

Captain Blood (1935)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 17 @ 08:00 PM (ET)

This Tempranillo is full of silky plum and strawberry flavors, along with a subtle spice that’s a perfect complement to a classic Errol Flynn adventure film. He stars here in his first major role opposite newcomer Olivia de Havilland (just 19 years old at the time), and the two have immediate chemistry. The story of a 16thcentury doctor-turned-pirate king was a box office hit for Warner Bros. and another success for Hungarian-born studio director Michael Curtiz.

THE WINE

The Manzanos family have been making wine in Rioja since 1890. In celebration of the proud legacy left behind by their late father, fifth-generation Victor and David Manzanos asked their award-winning winemaker, Borja Ripa (pictured below, with David) to seek out the the finest parcels of Tempranillo from their oldest and best vineyards, located in the sleepy villages of Azagra, San Adrián, and Adeanueva de Ebro.

Row by row (and in some cases, vine by vine) Borja hand-selected clusters of grapes that he deemed worthy of his new project. The fruit was so pristine, he also grabbed a bit of old-vine Graciano and Garnacha, and gave only a tiny portion of the wine time in oak barrels – just enough to impart a subtle, spicy note to the silky plum and strawberry flavors. Letting the pure fruit character shine through was his top priority, and he succeeded deliciously. Last vintage, it scooped medals at three prestigious international shows – and the just-released 2017 edition is every bit as impressive.

THE REGION

WM_DavidManzanos_BorjaRipaRioja is home to Spain’s greatest reds and (according to most experts) the world’s best Tempranillo. Vines were first planted here in Roman times, near the Sierra Cantabria mountains and at the confluence of the Rivers Ebro and Oja. As the world’s best-selling wine writer, Hugh Johnson, notes: “Few great wine regions span so many different terrains and unite them with such recognizable character.”

WITH FOOD

beef_potroastBorja calls this fine Rioja “a true taste of our best vineyards, worthy of the Manzanos dynasty.” It’s also worthy of a special meal (though we won’t blame you for uncorking it on a typical Tuesday night). We recommend serving it alongside roasted lamb or garlicky lamb chops. It’ll also be tasty with robust vegetarian cuisine or a plate of charcuterie and firm cheeses.

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