2008 Antaño Crianza Rioja

SKU #1085243 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Ripe cherry and dark berry aromas are complicated by beef jerky and licorice. A sappy, gently sweet midweight that shows a slightly feral quality and notes of bitter cherry and blackberry. Finishes with good tangy cut and a lingering meaty quality.  (10/2011)

K&L Notes

What a terrific value in everyday Rioja! Produced from one of the largest landowners in Rioja, this value, textbook crianza has loads of balanced, spicy Rioja typicity for a laughably low price. It is composed of primarily tempranillo, with a surprisingly high 10% component of graciano (the tough to grow grape which old timers swear by for adding complexity and ageability to their wines) and a touch of mazuelo. Savory, meaty dark cherry aromas lead to a juicy palate with delicious fruit, balanced acidity and just enough American oak to let you know you’re in Spain. Drink this wonderful wine on its own or with a wide range of foods; for the price you can afford to experiment.

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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.