2003 Señorío de P.Peciña Crianza Rioja (Previously $20)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium red. Dried cherry and plum aromas show a slightly roasted character, in the style of the vintage. Fleshy and gently sweet, offering cherry-vanilla and red berry preserve flavors and no rough edges or tannins. Finishes smooth, broad and sweet, with a lingering vanilla note. This is delicious now and would stand up to a rich red meat dish.
Along with Lopez de Heredia and La Rioja Alta, Señorío de P. Peciña is one of the standard bearers for traditional Rioja . In fact, Pedro Peciña used to be vineyard manager at La Rioja Alta. The '03 crianza is amazingly fresh and classic Rioja, especially given what many people have written off as a hot vintage, ok for those who love ripe fruit and nothing else. Bright red fruits, warm earth, wet tobacco, all the components are here and in beautiful harmony. This is delicious now, and has several years of positive evolution ahead of it. If we have a more satisfying bottle of $20 red wine in the store, I'd be hard pressed to find it.