Pago de Larrainzar, Navarra (Spain) Reserva Especial 2009

($28): The international blend of Merlot (50%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (35%) dwarfs the contribution of Tempranillo (15%) and Garnacha.  With ripe flavors, a bit of sweet oak and a velvety texture, it’s a showy wine.  Uplifting acidity keeps it lively and fresh, making it a good choice at a steakhouse.
90 Michael Apstein Jan 3, 2017