5 Wines for Prime Rib

Ben Carter suggests five pairings for the classic Rib Eye Roast. From Chardonnay to Bordeaux, his innovative suggestions are surprising!


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65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Malbec
I had to include one selection for the collectors, and if you’re going to be serving an Argentine wine, then I would strongly suggest preparing some chimichurri to accompany your meal.  The Nicolas Catena Zapata is an impressive wine from Mendoza with real aging potential.  I was able to enjoy a bottle of the 1999 vintage last year and it was incredible.  But even the current releases are worth the price.  The 2008 was really stunning and sublime for a relatively young wine. Much of the complexity of the other wines in the Catena line but softer in every regard, allowing gentle cherry, chocolate, and oak aromas to emerge. Very long finish and quite fascinating. This is the one that you will save for a special occasion and that will keep people talking about it for hours after the plates have been cleared away. 

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