2006 Campo Viejo Tempranillo Crianza Rioja (Previously $10)

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This blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Mazuelo is an intense ruby red wine with aromas of black fruit and vanilla. Velvety and elegant, it's an old world wine with a new world attitude, and it is downright addictive with roasts and firm cheeses.

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Price: $6.99
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Staff Image 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.
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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/30/2010 | Send Email
This has aromas of vanilla and sweet cherries with darker fruit showing up on the mid-palate. This has plenty of personality in a velvety and rich style. A true bargain.

Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/24/2010 | Send Email
I liked this wine for a couple reasons. First it is a good example of Rioja in a more modern style with blackberry fruit, some cherry and a bit of spice with softer tannins. The other reason I liked it is most Rioja's are over $20 and this is only $9.99. Enjoy.

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- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.