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Marques de Caceres Rioja Reserva is one of those wines that should be present in all wine lovers’ collections. It is given the ‘reserva’ title due to the bodega that crafted this masterpiece having received awards and citations for excellence with previous vintages. This wine screams excellence and is loved by many connoisseurs around the world.
Marques de Caceres Rioja Reserva is made with Tempranillo grapes that are only grown and harvested in small batches. Utmost care is taken with the grape from growth, to harvest, to processing. This care is certainly tasted when this luscious liquid graces your lips and palate. To the eye: it is a deep, beautiful ruby-red that reflects the slightest hints of violet in the right light. A miasma of reds will massage your eyes and mind while staring into the depths of this wine. To the nose: notes of cherry, vanilla, and soft earthy, oaken notes will cause your eyes to close as you savor every aroma that wafts from this wine. On the palate: thoughts of dark fruits, like plum and prune, are observed with a complementing contrast of slight leather and oakiness from the barrels the wine was aged in. The wine is bold and full-bodied, with a high tannin content and acidity that is offset by the slight sweetness that the wine offers.
A dry wine that is as excellently paired with lamb and beef as it is with a cheese platter that is focused on mature, sharp cheeses. If you’re looking to pair this with something a little out of the box (or very out of the box, in fact) is an apricot lamb tagine. The heartiness of the lamb mixed with sweet-savouriness of the apricot, enhanced by the cummin, cilantro, ginger is the perfect balance for this dry, bold, tannic wine - if you’re prepared to put in the 6+ hours required to cook this dish. It is well worth a try, and the experience.
Store your unopened bottle in a cool, dry, and dark place safe from constant vibration. Keep your bottle horizontal in a wine rack or cellar to retain the moistness of the cork. The ideal temperature for storage is between 7 to 15°C. Once opened, a bottle will be good for 3 to 5 days standing upright in the refrigerator.