Special occasions call for special wines.
When you’ve menu-planned for weeks, cleaned and cooked for days, and you’ve even pulled out the ironing board so your shirt creases could cut sandwiches (at least that’s what my husband Riley likes to say), then it’s time to find a wine that’s been given the same kind of loving attention.
This 2004 Gran Reserva from the Rioja region of Spain is a blend of mostly Tempranillo with some Garnacha, and this particular cuvée from Akutain is only produced when the stars align and the family has determined it to be a truly exceptional vintage. Managed by the Akutain family from bud to bottle, the Gran Reserva is aged in American oak (as is the tradition for the region) for 3 years, followed by another 2 years in bottle, all before being released to the market. What can I say except that this wine is a true labor of love.
With a bouquet of ripe black cherries and plums, 5-spice, and tobacco, and a seductive velvety texture that can only come with age, it’s the perfect pairing for your Christmas gathering, New Years celebration, or romantic Valentine’s Day dinner for two.