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!

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. 

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