2008 Castillo Labastida Crianza Rioja

SKU #1112112 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2008 Crianza sees 12 months aging in French and American oak. It has a well-defined, elegant bouquet of blackberry, sage and orange zest, the latter really coming forth with aeration. The palate is well-defined with supple tannins and layers of refined red fruit that caress the mouth and lend it a smooth, velvety finish that is impossible to resist. Drink now-2018.  (12/2012)

K&L Notes

Spicy red fruit aromas also have a hint of orange peel. On the palate, the red fruited flavors show terrific freshness, with well integrated toasty oak and a subtle florality to them. This is a classic Rioja Alavesa wine, with 100% Tempranillo (varietal Tempranillo wines are not uncommon in this part of Rioja) aged for 12 months in a combination of American and French oak barrels.

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/19/2012 | Send Email
Castillo Labastida's crianza is a wonderful little wine, very fresh, focused, and reflective of the vintage. The spicy red fruits are complemented with a typical crianza oak treatment: 12 months in one to four year-old American and French oak barrels. Drink this delicious, typical Rioja with any range of your favorite at home meals, from herb roasted chicken to a piece of broiled salmon.

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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.


Alcohol Content (%): 14