This is a stunning Crianza that will make you wonder why it hasn't been labelled as Reserva.
Technically, it's old enough to be Gran Reserva, but they don't leave it in barrel for long enough and, key point... they prefer their Crianzas to be like this.
Which is full of wonderful flavour, soft texture and length; balance, complexity and refined class. This is the sort of wine you'd like to tell all your friends about and then stop yourself from doing, because you want to keep it all for yourself.
It's from a family winery in the very west of the Rioja Alta subzone, where all the vineyards they own are farmed organically. They have 150 years of tradition in the same family and are certainly not swayed by modern trends to high-extract, big, punchy and dense styles of wine (not that we don't like those styles, it's just interesting to know where this family stands!). Aging wine in their own cellars until ready for consumption is a noble but expensive occupation: what's incredible is that they don't charge us a massive premium for it.
This is wine that is from a classic European wine region, made perfectly in a traditional method and aged, released and sold as a continuum of a that tradition out of which which they have grown. It's very respectable. And the wines are immensely enjoyable.
Darker in colour than a ten year old wine might be expected, it has aromas of cherry, blackcurrant and delicious coconut, vanilla and white pepper spices. The palate is soft but full enough, with balancing acidity and flavours of black fruits, herbs, spice and orange peel.
An organic Crianza with all this?
That's a tradition worth celebrating.
Region: Rioja Alta
Grape(s): Tempranillo, Graciano
Style: Svelte, Soft, Smooth, Silky, Pure, Profound, Perfumed, Organic, Medium Full, Meditation, Iconic, Fruity, Fresh, Elegant, Complex, Bright, Balanced
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