2003 Señorío de P.Peciña Crianza Rioja

SKU #1052288 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.  (9/ 2009)

K&L Notes

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.

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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 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.
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