2012 Monte Araya Seleccion Especial Rioja

On the nose and palate, this medium-bodied red shows plush red fruit, such as strawberry, and on the finish, plenty of earth flavors join the mix. This red is a slam dunk with with jamon serrano, lightly grilled meats, roasts and hard cheeses, such as Manchego. This wine is shining brightly now, and it will continue to drink well through 2015.

Recipe Pairings

Moorish Pork Kabobs (Pinchos Morunos)

Flavor Profile

 

Tastes Like

red fruit

strawberry

plum

Region

Rioja, Spain

Pairings

Grilled Red Meats

Charcuterie

Roasted Chicken

Did You Know?

Most people think Champagne can only be made of the Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes. But Arbane, Petit Meslier, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris can be used as well – yet they comprise less than .05% of all grapevines in the region.