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Aticus Rioja Crianza

FOOD & WINE Wine Club Aticus Rioja Crianza FOOD & WINE Wine Club Aticus Rioja Crianza
Winery Altos del Marqués
Grape Tempranillo
Year 2006
Country Spain
Appellation Rioja

$18.00 $15.30 per bottle

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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 firm tannins.
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.
Smell It
Smell It
Crushed blackberries edged in dill.
Taste It
Taste It
Silky, savory blackberry fruit flavors bouyed by crisp acidity.
Serve It
Serve It
Cellar temperature—the bottle should be cool to the touch.
Pair It
Pair It
Red and white meats, with earthy, herbal or spicy accents.