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2011 Monte Araya Selección Especial Rioja Half Case

Tempranillo • Spain • Rioja • Red Wine

Sale expired on October 31, 2013
Bright Spanish red to grab by the armful

Tastes like: Red fruits, strawberry
Pairs with: Jamón serrano, lightly grilled meats, roasts, hard cheeses
Good for: Weeknight sipper, weekend dinner parties
Drink this: Now through 2015
Alcohol: 13%

Spanish wines are popular for good reason. Many of them offer tremendous quality at everyday prices. In that regard, the 2011 Monte Araya Rioja is one of my greatest finds. This red, made from the Tempranillo grape, is incredibly delicious and food-friendly. But the astonishing thing about this wine is the price; it's affordable enough to stock up on by the half case or case. And it's versatile enough to serve as either a weeknight sipper or weekend dinner-party pour. Grab an armful of this easy-to-love Rioja so you'll always have a couple bottles on hand.

—Janine Lettieri

Janine Lettieri has worked in New York City fine dining for over a decade with sommelier roles at Fleur de Sel, the three-star Michelin restaurant Le Bernardin, and the Waverly Inn. Janine holds certificates from the Court of Master Sommeliers and the American Sommelier Association, as well as a Diploma in Wine and Spirits from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust. Janine is pursuing the Master of Wine credential, which only 30 Americans hold. Learn more about Janine here, or follow her on Twitter: @JLettieri

2011 Monte Araya Selección Especial Rioja

Tasting Notes

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 jamón 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.

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