Fifth-generation Rioja winemakers Victor and David Manzanos are set on continuing their family’s impressive, 125-year history of quality. We think they’re succeeding deliciously – and we’re not the only ones …
Their wines have landed on Harper’s prestigious “10X10 Rioja Top 100” list, and have scored ‘superior’ ratings from the likes of Jancis Robinson, Master of Wine.
For their 2009 Gran Reserva, los hermanos decided to turn the spotlight on Graciano – a wonderfully aromatic and elegant grape that normally takes a backseat to Rioja’s big star, Tempranillo. But the Graciano really thrived in 2009 and was so delicious, they only added a splash of Tempranillo for a little extra red-fruit character.
Aged a full 36 months in top-notch French and American barrels (and after several years mellowing in the bottle), this positively ripples with ripe red fruit and warm vanilla-spice notes, along with a thread of delicate violet and dark chocolate flavor. Eight years old and drinking beautifully – it’s the perfect bottle to pop open when you’re serving roasted red meats, charcuterie and cheese, and more.
Fair warning: There’s strictly limited availability – so first come, first served.