Gran Reserva is the big daddy of Spanish reds, only made in exceptional vintages. And this top example is on a roll with international acclaim, winning a gold medal at the China Wine & Spirits Awards and a gold at Berliner Wein Trophy.
The pride-and-joy of husband-and-wife team, Miguel and Susana Ruberte, Ermita de San Lorenzo is made using gnarled, old (flavor boosting!) Garnacha and Cabernet vines, grown in hot and arid Campo de Borja. The Rubertes age the wine deep inside ancient, hand-dug caves – this far inside the Earth, temperatures remain constant through harsh winters and blistering summers, allowing the wine to mellow and mature to its deliciously drinkable peak. (Even the enormous, oak barricas used to age the wine are handmade – that is dedication to quality.)
What to expect in the glass: mouthfuls of ripe, black fruits and layers of mellow spice. This is a limited-production red that was made for big family dinners. Pair with any kind of roasted red meat (beef, game, etc.) and enjoy.