2014 Castillo de Viñas Crianza Rioja (Previously $12)

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Our newest direct-import Rioja comes from Rioja Baja, where the climate is a bit warmer and more Mediterranean, but where the Garnacha is arguably the best in all Rioja, the Graciano ripens more easily and shows great promise, and Tempranillo, planted on choice parcels like they are here, is also quite good. Castillo de Viñas was a label put together for us by one of our contacts in Rioja, and is made by the Burgo Viejo winery, a group of growers who have some great quality vineyards in the area. 90% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano. Juicy red and mixed berry fruit, with some gentle spiciness and toast, make for a Rioja that is plenty authentic, easy drinking and tough to beat for the price.

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/24/2018 | Send Email
A blend of Tempranillo and Graciano, this 2014 Crianza shows loads of delicious red fruit character and intensity for under $12. Our newest Rioja DI, Castillo de Vinas has Tempranillo and Graciano situated on prime, stony higher elevation terroir in the Rioja Baja, the result being a wine with loads of richness and character. Highly recommended.

Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/10/2017 | Send Email
This is wine is a real value that delivers what it should and more . It is a medium bodied and dry with nice dark fruit and subtle earthy flavors. It will go well with pork and chicken dishes. A good example of an easy to drink Crianza Rioja.

Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/5/2017 | Send Email
For a long time my go to table red for $10 was a Rhone wine, and while I still love it this new Rioja may take its place. Although this wine opens with rich red cherry and blackberry note it is surprisingly light on its feet. Fresh acid moves it along and allows for a somewhat tart finish. This is a lovely little food wine and one that makes a great everyday offering that tastes more complex than the price would lead you to believe.

Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/21/2017 | Send Email
This is a phenomenal deal in Crianza from a new producer in our portfolio! Clean, polished, and modern in style, this Crianza bottling has all the elements required in a favorite weekday red! The fruit is round, accessible and pleasant without being jammy or flabby. Likewise, the structure is just soft enough to allow for near-term drinking, without compromising any integrity or balance. Overall, a great deal, and a new K&L favorite!

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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