2008 Castillo Labastida Crianza Rioja
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.
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.