2001 Campo Viejo Gran Reserva Rioja (Previously $22)

SKU #1048814

90 points Wine Enthusiast: "A firm wine with fine structure and balance. The nose is fiery and rustic early on, then seductive as it opens up. The palate exhibits currents of raspberry, cherry and plum, and below the surface there’s vanilla and brown sugar. A smooth operator that shows the Campo Viejo brand in its best light." (04/08) Founded in 1959, Campo Viejo is one of those players that has remained remarkably consistent throughout the years producing the classic flavors of Rioja that many of us have come to know and love. The Gran Reserva is a blend of Tempranillo, Mazuelo and Graciano that spends two years in barrel and a minimum of three years in bottle before it is released. It is one of those perfectly mature wines that has the essence of mulled plums and roasted cherries blended with wood spice and leather notes. Now reaching the end of the vintage, we were able to get some serious discounting in play (which is even better considering the quality of this vintage) and were able to pass the savings on to you. This is a great bargain for any lover of traditional Rioja wines. (Keith Mabry, K&L Hollywood)

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Varietal:

Tempranillo

- 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 Penčdes 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.
Country:

Spain

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Rioja

Alcohol Content (%): 13.5