It seems to be the shipping season at the moment, a whole heap of samples have arrived and I been getting a load of emails announcing new vintages and wines. There have been a bunch of Rioja Crianzas in this lot, and if this is anything to go by, they look excellent. The theme seems to be good value at around $25 to $30 dollars, excellent drinkability and lip smacking acidity with good fruit.
This one comes from Felix Solis, who make wine all over Spain. I haven’t tried their Rioja gear before, but this and their joven look great. The website says 50% Garnarcha and 50% Tempranillo with 24 months in American oak,
It smells like some vanilla, mocha espresso abomination you’d get from StarBucks, but its a good thing (to smell anyway), mix in some herby bramble, bright red cherries, earth and blue berries and you’ll get the general idea. The palate is more intense and is driven by it’s acid (again a good thing). A blueberry danish on the palate, but with more air it comes around to show a classic palate of cherry, herbs, minerals, licorice and spice. An outstanding example of the classic crianza from Rioja. 91 Pts.
Source: Broadway Liquor Distributors Price: $25 Closure: Conventional Cork