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Bodegas Riojanas Puerta Vieja Crianza Rioja

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Winery Bodegas Riojanas
Grape Tempranillo
Year 2010
Country Spain
Appellation Rioja

$16.00 per bottle

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With its juicy cherry and tobacco flavors, this Rioja red is a classic example of the region’s flagship Tempranillo grape.
What You Need To Know
One reason to like Rioja’s crianza wines—aside from their spicy red-fruit flavors and their ability to pair brilliantly with everything from lamb burgers to chicken paella to steak—is that they’re pre-aged. This red from Bodegas Riojanas was, like all crianzas, matured for two years at the winery before being released, a process that softens Tempranillo’s firm tannins. Founded in 1890 by the Frias Artacho family, Bodegas Riojanas is a large producer in Rioja Alta, the region’s top wine zone. While Riojanas’ wines languished a bit at the end the last century, quality has been on an upswing lately. That renaissance comes thanks to a new winery (built in 2005) and the efforts of talented winemaker Pablo Orio, who has brought modern rigor to Riojanas’ old-school ways while preserving the wines’ traditional style.
Smell It
Smell It
Black cherry, leather and spicy tobacco scents.
Taste It
Taste It
Plum and cherry flavors have a dusty, spicy edge.
Serve It
Serve It
Cellar temperature—the bottle should be cool to the touch.
Pair It
Pair It
Chicken with rice; roast pork, sausages, lamb.