In a convenient half-bottle size, the CVNE Imperial Reserva 2017 from Rioja sets a high bar. This Rioja, primarily tempranillo with touches of garnacha and graciano, comes from 40-year-old vines in Rioja Alta. The meticulous effort shows: think inviting aromas of pencil shavings and vanilla, backed by intense dark fruits and smooth tannins. Perfectly drinkable on its own, but if paired with lamb ragu? Simply delicious.