2000 Señorio de P. Peciña Crianza Rioja (1.5L)

SKU #1061658 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2000 Pecina Crianza is 95% Tempranillo with the balance Graciano and Garnacha from organically farmed estate fruit. It was aged for 24 months in seasoned American oak before being bottled unfiltered (as are all of these wines). Dark ruby-colored with a brick rim, it exhibits a nose of cedar, earth, mushroom, tobacco, and blackberry. This leads to a stylish, elegant wine with good concentration and depth that should drink well for another 6 years. It is an excellent value in traditional Rioja.  (2/ 2008)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Light red. Explosive, perfumed nose offers a range of coconut-accented red berry aromas complicated by fresh and dried flowers, vanilla and cured tobacco. Sweet red fruit flavors are supple and expansive, with a distinctly old school character. Fine-grained tannins add structure to the long, silky finish. This is ready to drink and quite delicious.  (8/ 2007)

K&L Notes

From one of our favorite Rioja producers, comes this terrific magnum bottling from the very good 2000 vintage. It is drinking just about perfectly right now, with terrific purity of fruit combining with some subtle sweet earthy savor, with tannins that present themselves on the finish but are clearly becoming smoother. Though it's drinking great now and would make a wonderful choice for entertaining, it still has at least another five years of interesting development ahead of it. Here is a textbook example of how a great Crianza ages better than even some Gran Reserva level wines.

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By: Joe Manekin |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/13/2010  | Send Email
I may indeed be biased, here, but this is the magnum deal of the season. The wine shows how incredibly well good crianza ages, showing all of the lovely soft, slightly savory cherry fruit you hope for in a Rioja with some bottle age. Drink now or hold for another 5 or so years. A great deal in magnum format, from one of our favorite Spanish producers.

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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