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In Spain’s Rioja region, crianza wines like
this one must be aged in oak for at least
a year, which softens the Tempranillo grape’s
What You Need To Know
While many winemakers boast about
using French oak barrels to age their wines, Spanish vintners have
been relying on American oak in their cellars since the late 19th
century. American oak has an affinity for wines made from the
earthy, cherry-rich Tempranillo grape, which is the signature variety
of the Rioja region, where this red from Altos del Marqués is from.
Owners and third-generation vintners in Rioja Alta, the Cerrolaza
family age this cuvée in oak barrels whose wood comes from
Missouri and the Appalachian mountains. Nicely ripe fruit and just
the right amount of time spent in barrel and bottle mean that this
polished, darkly fruity red is drinking beautifully right now.
edged in dill.
Silky, savory blackberry fruit
flavors bouyed by crisp acidity.
bottle should be cool to
Red and white meats, with
earthy, herbal or spicy accents.