Hard to believe, but the 2005 is the latest release of the LAN Gran Reserva. Rioja works on a different time scale than the rest of the wine world, releasing its reds only when they're ready to drink. The 2005, mostly Tempranillo with just 10% each Mazuelo and Garnacha, still tastes youthful. Such a pretty wine with notes of cherry, spice and earth — and a pleasant rasp of tannin. Perfect for a plate of jamón ibérico and chorizo.
Region: Rioja, Spain
Price: About $20
Style: Supple and balanced
What it goes with: Prosciutto or serrano ham, beans with chorizo, baby lamb chops
Where to find it: BestWinesOnline, (888) 817-8880, http://www.bestwinesonline.com; K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, (323) 464-9463, http://www.klwines.com; Le Petit Vendome Wine & Spirits in Pasadena, (626) 396-9234, http://www.lepetitvendome.com; Topline Wine & Spirits in Glendale, (818) 500-9670, http://www.toplinewine.com; and Wine Exchange in Orange, (800) 76WINEX, http://www.winex.com.