By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/30/2010 | Send Email
Campo Viejo actually means 'old friend' after the endearing block of ancient Tempranillo vines that grew near the original cellar door, and this fruity, convivial wine in the cheerful yellow label has been one of our best-selling Spanish reds for the past few seasons for a very good reason— a Rioja Crianza of this quality for this price is almost but not quite, unattainable. Bodega Campo Viejo was founded more than a half-century ago when two well-known estates decided to join vines and produce attractive, well-priced wines of elegant measure, power and persistence. Current master winemaker Elena Adell's extensive journey has taken her from Spain to Australia, Chile and California, but began in her grandfather's small vineyards in Rioja where she early on realized her destiny and passion for wine from her native region. Her Campo Viejo Crianza, blended from diverse parcels of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Mazuelo and aged in oak for just 12 months, is an uncomplicated pleasure, brimming with freshness and supple fruit nuanced by sweet tobacco, vanilla and cherry flavors. It pairs delectably with everything from chicken fajitas to paella.