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2004 Marques de Riscal Reserva 

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Rioja, Spain / $19-$25 Retail

One of the Rioja region's oldest wineries, Marques de Riscal ages its reserve wines for 26 months in American oak, followed by another year of bottle aging before release. In the classic Rioja style, it is made primarily from Tempranillo grapes with less than 10 percent Mazuelo (aka Carignan) and Graciano. Savor complex aromas of black fruit, licorice, cedar, earth notes and some sweet vanilla. On the palate, the medium-bodied wine offers bright, ripe red fruit, sour cherry, black currants, a leathery character, toasty oak and tobacco notes and a lingering finish. Drink it with steaks, cured meats, ribs, roast lamb and Manchego cheese. Buy it at: Vieux Carre Wine & Spirits, Prytania Liquor Store, Rouses in Uptown, Robert Fresh Market in Lakeview, Elio's Wine Warehouse, Hopper's Wine & Spirits, Schiro's Cafe, Winn-Dixie, Acquistapace's Covington Supermarket, and Langenstein's and Whole Foods Market locations in Metairie. Drink it at: Boucherie and Grand Isle. — Brenda Maitland


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