2008 Antaño Crianza Rioja
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Ripe cherry and dark berry aromas are complicated by beef jerky and licorice. A sappy, gently sweet midweight that shows a slightly feral quality and notes of bitter cherry and blackberry. Finishes with good tangy cut and a lingering meaty quality.
What a terrific value in everyday Rioja! Produced from one of the largest landowners in Rioja, this value, textbook crianza has loads of balanced, spicy Rioja typicity for a laughably low price. It is composed of primarily tempranillo, with a surprisingly high 10% component of graciano (the tough to grow grape which old timers swear by for adding complexity and ageability to their wines) and a touch of mazuelo. Savory, meaty dark cherry aromas lead to a juicy palate with delicious fruit, balanced acidity and just enough American oak to let you know you’re in Spain. Drink this wonderful wine on its own or with a wide range of foods; for the price you can afford to experiment.