Wine of the Week

2005 LAN Rioja Gran Reserva

Region: Rioja, Spain

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Price: About $20

Style: Supple and

balanced

What it goes with: Prosciutto or serrano ham, beans with chorizo, baby lamb chops

Hard to believe, but the 2005 is the latest release of the LAN Gran Reserva. Rioja works on a different time scale than the rest of the wine world, releasing its reds only when they're ready to drink. The 2005, mostly Tempranillo with just 10 percent each Mazuelo and Garnacha, still tastes youthful. Such a pretty wine with notes of cherry, spice and earth - and a pleasant rasp of tannin.

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