- Published: 15 December 2013 15 December 2013
It is Saturday evening, the post nap vitality is seeping back into our spirits following an afternoon of perusing the food stands of Borough Market by London Bridge; all that cheese and other delectables are demanding something moist and equally tasty. Behold the Imperial Gran Reserva, 2005!
This is a fine wine with dark ruby complexion and rich complex aromas of cherry, blackcurrant, spices and vanilla. 2005 was an excellent vintage and the wine could be kept for quite a few years yet, if one chose. We made a small toast to good health and longevity, before letting the wine coat the mouth with lovely ripe fruits and warm spices.
My tasting partner remarked that it is a wine that makes her feel warm inside. For myself, I started thinking of food again. Roast lamb and potatoes covered in rosemary. That would do it. Or perhaps a plate of cold meats, manchego cheese and some fresh bread? It's a wine to enjoy on one's own or with discerning friends… but definitely a wine that would be hard not to enjoy.
I suggest you pile down to one of the wine retaliers listed below and get at least one bottle to enjoy this Christmas… love it!
Imperial Gran Reserva 2005 - RRP £26.99
Available from: Waitrose, Majestic, Berry Bros, The Wine Society, D Byrne & Co.
By Nick Breeze
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