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Las Barracas Gran Reserva Tempranillo Cabernet 2009
Catalunya DO, Spain

The Age of Innocence (1993)
Sunday, July 30 @ 08:00 PM (ET)

Martin Scorsese is primarily known for a string of tough-guy films, but here he turns his camera on an older New York and Edith Wharton’s literary society drama. Daniel Day-Lewis stars as Newland Archer, a man drawn between two women played by Michelle Pfeiffer and Winona Ryder. It’s a masterful and achingly restrained film that matches the maturity and mellow character of this delicious Spanish red.

THE WINE

Perfectly mature Gran Reservas are Spain’s gift to wine lovers everywhere. These smooth beauties are only made in good vintages (like 2009) and only released at their delicious peaks (after they’ve spent years mellowing in oak barrels and in the bottle). Wait until you taste this extra-special, complex find. It was made for you at Ramón Roqueta’s bodega. Ramón is the Catalan Association of Sommelier’s 2016 Best Winemaker of the Year, and his family winemaking history dates to the Middle Ages (see below for details).

THE HISTORY

The Roqueta family’s winemaking history goes all the way back to 1199 – you might say great wine flows through their veins. Named for the ancient stone huts that dot the family’s vineyards – once used for both equipment and for sheltering vineyard workers on hot afternoons – Las Barracas is a blend of 60% Tempranillo (the great grape of Rioja) and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, which grow on the family’s prime property in the upand-coming region of Catalunya.

THE REGION

WI_LasBarracas_stonehut_2Catalunya is on the Mediterranean coast, straddling the border between France and Spain. It’s a proud region, and many locals consider themselves Catalan first and Spanish second. The Catalunya DO produces an “eclectic range of traditional, powerful reds” (Jancis Robinson, MW). While the reds of Priorat put the region on the map, authentic, top-value reds like this are its hidden gems.

WITH FOOD

charc_prosciuttoThe mellow character of Las Barracas marries beautifully with a variety of foods. If you want to splurge for a few slices of prized Jamón Ibérico de Bellota (Ibérico ham, made with free-range, acorn-fed, black-hooved pigs), it’s your perfect match. Alternatively, pair it with everything from corn-based dishes like savory grits or chiles rellenos (stuffed and roasted poblano peppers).

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