Calma Rioja 2012
Very flavorful wine showing rich dark red plum fruit with nicely integrated toasted oak and hints of loam, underbrushed and spice. It's fresh and silky smooth with fine grained tannins and drinks well now, although it will improve with another year or two in the bottle. With so much spicy, peppery, red fruit character, this wine is a natural for olive bread and charcuterie, especially fattier meats like speck, prosciutto, black forest ham, and at the top of the list, jamon iberico. Tapenade, chumus, aged hard cheeses and sausage with fennel and similar casual bites will pair well with Calma, and the wine also has all the structure and "cut" you'd want for a more weighty main course, like roasted prime rib or boeuf bourgignon.