Hacienda Grimon, Rioja, Crianza
A broad and smooth, juicy and vibrant style of Crianza, this is a really interesting Rioja that is made with a traditional ethos and practices, but with a distinctly modern glass of wine at the end. Best of both worlds? Bingo!
This organic winery is located in the Rioja Alta subzone to the west of the region and is farmed manually, with 75% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha and 10% Graciano. It's a traditional mix, but less common these days is the use of sheep to fertilize the vines... This Crianza is made with 100% Tempranillo however, and is fermented in big oak vats before aging in American and French oak barrels for 14 months. It's certainly a cut above most Rioja's in this category and offers a huge amount more that, say, less expensive or more famous Rioja Reservas and even Ribera del Dueros... This is a must try for any lover of reds, especially those who find that some wines these days aren't quite what they used to be.
- Medium Full