I opened the blend of 80% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, 5% Mazuelo and 5% Garnacha for dinner that evening. Shirley made a quick meal of pasta with her red sauce. I never use to add cheese to my pasta until lately. Now I like to add some Pecorino Romano. Nothing fancy, except for maybe this inexpensive Rioja.
The color was a very nice dark red with aromas of dark fruit, black cherry, plum, currant and blackberry with some leather and a hint of toasty oak. The mouthfeel was nice and rich with flavors of blackberry, cherries with just a little spice leading to a long finish filled with plum and currants and some vanilla. After dinner I enjoyed the remaining wine while nibbling on dark chocolate wafers.
The Antaño Rioja Reserva would pair nicely with lamb chops or pork tenderloin and as I discovered, an excellent match for Italian red sauce.
An excellent value and Very Highly Recommended.