2013 Mentrida Crianza "Besanas" (Villarta, Hacienda)
Hacienda Villarta, Crianza "Besanas", Mentrida, Spain 2011Tempranillo, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot BLACK PLUM & CASSIS, RICH VANILLA & PEPPERCORN, CURED LIME The arid Mentrida appellation of northeastern Toledo is a stone's throw from Spain's capital, but its wines currently maintain a surprisingly low profile. The region's extreme climate helps guarantee a concentration of flavor in grapes and their resultant wines. This seamless blend of the native Tempranillo with a veritable "who's who" assortment of French expatriate varietals injects elegant dark fruit with an elegantly oaken maturity and exotic spice – a delicious value with timeless style. Serving Suggestions: Roasted bell peppers stuffed w/ ground beef, seasoned w/ tarragon & paprika, adorned w/ shavings of cow & sheep's milk cheeses. Slices of Vietnamese-inspired roast beef w/ basil & delicately-applied chili garlic sauce.