2005 Rincon de Navas Crianza Rioja

SKU #1042408

Made from 100% tempranillo from vineyards exclusively located in Rioja Alta, this is our first attempt at what amounts to a direct import from Spain. What impressed me about this wine is the style. Pulling from both Old World and New School influences, it hits the sweet spot stylistically for Rioja. With sandalwood, sweet caramelized oak and dusty blackberry on the nose, this shows all the youthful exuberance a Crianza should. Silky and full of earth-laden fruit, this is bold and fully integrated at the same time, with a long complex finish of rose petal and sweet clay. A must-try for any Spanish wine fan. (Bryan Brick, K&L) This small winery is under the umbrella of the Baarcia Viadero family, owners of Bodegas Valduero, which has made quite a name for itself in the Ribera del Duero region. Traditional in taste but with tremendous subtlety and elegance, this wine hails from old vine tempranillo growing in a single vineyard site, the 'corner of Nevas.' The Crianza emphasizes red fruit and cedar spice, and is ready to drink now. Try it with pasta or simply prepared red meat and chicken dishes (chicken paprika, especially). You will hear more about this winery in the future!

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- 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.


- 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.


Alcohol Content (%): 13.5