Rioja Rincon Navas Crianza
Rincon de Navas Crianca Rioja 2010 [75cl] Spain

Made from 100% tempranillo from vineyards exclusively located in Rioja Alta.

What impressed me about this wine is the style. Pulling from both Old World and New World 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. This small winery is under the umbrella of the Garcia 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!