2010 Campo Viejo Tempranillo Rioja (Previously $11)
Solid on the opening, with red fruit aromas and a mild stalkiness. Feels healthy and medium in weight, with mild oak, fresh plum and berry, and a touch of cocoa for flavors. Dry and crisp on the finish, with leftover oak flavor and good balance.
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. These days, the producer boasts a beautiful, modern winery, all constructed from locally sourced materials. It is one of the largest 20 wineries in the world and is run with great efficiency, though the wine is still carefully and skillfully made. This wine consists of 100% Tempranillo, aged for four months in oak barrels. While the fruit is simple red plum and dark cherry, the overall palate impression is balanced and very clearly Rioja.