This gorgeous red from Spain was made by Mariano Garcia, former cellar master at the legendary Vega Sicilia in Ribera del Duero. Though the winery has had a cult following since it was founded in the late '70s, because the vineyards and winery are just beyond the western edge of Ribera del Duero, the wine labels bear the Tierra de Castilla y Léon appellation.
The 2010 Mauro, 90% Tempranillo and 10% Syrah, is a pure pleasure to drink. On the first sip, this full-bodied red seems very straightforward, just fruit. Another sip and another and the wine reveals not only concentrated sweet fruit but also earth, tobacco, cedar and more, all tightly fused. It's feisty and smooth.
Region: Castilla y Léon
Price: $40 to $45
Style: Rich and full-bodied
What it goes with: Roast leg of lamb or rack of lamb, grilled lamb chops, roasted root vegetables