2007 Campo Viejo Tempranillo Crianza Rioja

SKU #1061307

A Best Buy, Wine Enthusiast: "The bouquet of cherry and raspberry is sprightly and mildy leafy, with hints of leather and dried cheese. The palate is whispy, with red-fruit flavors of raspberry and plum along with mild herbal notes, cocoa powder and dry spice. A basic, lighter-bodied Rioja with a traditional tilt." (02/11) According to the Wine Spectator: "Light, firm tannins support a pleasingly plump texture in this fresh red, which offers black cherry, leaf and tobacco notes, with a smoky finish. Drink now through 2013." (12/10) Bodegas Campo Viejo was born when two small, historic Rioja estates merged in 1959. The unusual name comes from the block of vineyard next to the original cellar, very old vines that the winemakers called "Old Friend" - Campo Viejo. This Crianza is 75% tempranillo, 20% granacha and 5% mazuelo. Cherry red with good depth, bright, golden glints. Powerful nose of red berries with sweet aromas of vanilla, coconut, toast and subtle spices. Soft flavors with a persistent, pleasant finish.

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By: Jeffrey Jones |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/9/2012  | Send Email
This wonderful wine offers a lot for the money. It has nice dark fruit aromas and is medium bodied with a hint of leather and earth. It goes well with chicken or pork and is sure to please any Tempranillo lover.

By: John Majeski |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/1/2012  | Send Email
Vintage after vintage, this disarmingly charming, generous Rioja seems to out-perform its very modest price point, and fortunately we've been able to acquire enough to keep everyone quite happy. Offering deft notes of bright red cherry and plum fruit, moderate ripeness, vanilla and gentle baked spice, this is really the perfect,everyday red Rioja to open tonight.
Top Value!

By: Kyle Kurani |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/27/2012  | Send Email
Another example of what good quality affordable wine you can find coming out of Spain. This Tempranillo blend has wonderful red fruit notes, mixed with a touch of spice and freshness that really makes for an enjoyable everynight wine.

By: Kirk Walker |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/17/2011  | Send Email
This traditional styled Rioja is a tremendous deal. Medium light bodied with bright fruits that are accented with just the right amount of earth and spicy oak. This is an ideal everyday red.

By: Steve Bearden |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/30/2010  | Send Email
The newest vintage of this overachieving wine is the best yet. This has the ripe berry fruit and lingering, dry finish you expect but maybe a touch more mid-palate this time around. A ten buck wine you can take to any event and not be ashamed.

 By: Alexandra Albin |  Review Date: 9/4/2011 
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nice, bright, red. Lots of lingering notes of berry and spice. Not heavy. Would think this pairs with a lot of dishes. Great value!

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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