Medium-Bodied Red Wine
To keep in mind
- You can learn about aging wine. In this wine you will experience the aromas of an aged wine, which are quite different from the usual “New World” wines that tend to be young and fruity. The labeling “Gran Reserva” means this wine is from one of the best harvests. These wines are meant to be aged and it takes 6 years to reach the market. During its aging in the winery, this wine has aged 1.5 years inside an oak barrel before being bottled. While in the oak barrel, the wood aromas and textures are transferred to the wine and later while in the “no-oxygen” atmosphere of the bottle the wine acquires smoothness and other aromas.
- Know what? The main aromas are dried red and black fruits and specially, coming from the aging…vanilla, toasted coconut, tobacco leaf and leather.
- This wine is to drink while eating. Experience this wine as they do in the Spanish culture and have your glass of wine with a little meal, not too complicated. What if I drink it alone? Sounds perfect too! Make this an opportunity to feel the smooth tannins coming from the oak barrel. Remember: those are the bitter tastes than remain in your tongue after swallowing the wine. They are specially good in this wine, as they are smooth and savvory after that much time in the bottle.
- Pair with Baby Back Ribs. Do you want an alternative to BBQ sauce? This wine is perfect for roasted meats, specially pork. The variety tempranillo offers spicy notes that go perfect with this meat. Make the ribs as simply as possible and let the flavors pair!
- You can keep this wine until the end of 2018. This is to assure the best you can get from this wine, but technically this is a wine you can keep up to 15 years from 2008.
- Curiosity: “Las Barracas” means “barracks” and in this case it refers to the “shelters” in the vineyards to protect workers from sun during the harvest. Ramon Roqueta’s bodega is one of the oldest cellars in all of Spain with a winemaking history that goes all the way back to the Middle Ages.