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Selección Especial Numerada 37 Crianza 2016
Rioja DOCa, Spain

The Searchers (1956)
FRIDAY, JULY 3 @ 10:00 PM (ET)

Re-discovered almost 20 years after its initial release, this classic western has been hailed as one of the best movies ever put to film and has been inspiring filmmakers for decades. Although the vineyard behind the Selección Especial may be shrouded in mystery, the quality of this vibrant Rioja shines through and pairs up nicely with this John Ford masterpiece.

THE WINE

Our Spain expert, Beth Willard, has connections at many of the country’s most renowned bodegas. So when a top estate in Rioja needed to make a little extra room in their cellar, Beth was their first call. The only condition for an exclusive, friends-only price on this special-selection Crianza? We can’t name the estate – their regular customers pay much more than you. We can tell you this is a deliciously complex Tempranillo blend that was barrel aged for 18 months and brims with silky red berry, dark chocolate, and cinnamon characters.

THE GRAPES

Tempranillo makes some of Spain’s (and the world’s) greatest reds. From the word temprano (‘early’), it ripens before most other red grapes, especially in warm, sunny climates. Dark and thick-skinned, it’s made to be barrel aged – typically in American oak, though some winemakers prefer French oak barrels. Here, Tempranillo is blended with healthy slugs of aromatic, deepcolored Graciano (10%) and spicy, red-fruited Garnacha (10%).

THE REGION

VY_Spain_Rioja_mountainA 19-mile valley bordering the Sierra Cantabria mountains and the mighty rivers Ebro and Oja (‘Rio Oja’), Rioja has been producing wine since Roman times. But, it was only in the late 1800s that the Rioja wine we know and love began to emerge. The catalyst: the arrival of winemakers from Bordeaux, who helped introduced the art of barrel aging. Today, it’s Spain’s premier wine region.

WITH FOOD

lamb_rackchopsThe ‘Crianza’ on the label means that this is a vibrant style of Rioja that’s meant to be enjoyed in its youth. Serve your bottle alongside classic Spanish tapas like silky jamón serrano, Manchego cheese and olives, or albondigas (meatballs). For the main course, try roasted lamb, suckling pig, or traditional paella (saffron-flavored rice with seafood, chicken, and spicy chorizo).

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