Spain’s rugged Navarra region is a top spot for “gorgeously ripe, inexpensive, fruit-driven reds” (Robert Parker). And award-winning Pago de Cirsus helped to put it on the map.
Pour your guests a glass of Senda de los Olivos and tell them that this Top 100 estate (International Wine Challenge 2009 and 2010) is owned by Iñaki Núñez, the producer who made Basic Instinct. It’s a delicious Cabernet crafted from meticulously tended vines (no ice picks involved!) at the estate’s special Bolandín vineyard, where a small dirt road bisecting the vineyard (called la senda de los olivos, or ‘path of olives’) leads to a grove of olive trees.
In the glass, look for everything you’d expect to see in a fine Cabernet. There’s lovely black fruit complexity, spicy vanilla notes (thanks to French and American oak aging), silky smooth tannins and a persistent finish.
Very few cases of this exclusive Cab were imported – snap up a few bottles (or a case) while you can.