90% Tempranillo, 3% Grenache, 3% Graciano and 3% Mazuelo from Rioja, Spain.
SRP of $15 and available for as low as $12. Sample received courtesy Rioja Wines for review purposes.
From the bottle:
"Viña Real Crianza is produced from a selection of Tempranillo grapes, hand harvested from vineyards located in the villages of Languardia and Elciego (Alava). It ages for 12 months in French and American oak casks and rests some months in the bottle before being released.Rioja wines can be classified into four categories:
- Young wines: Wines in their first or second year.
- Crianza wines: Wines which are at least in their third year, having spent a minimum of one year in casks and a few months in the bottle. For white wines, the minimum cask ageing period is 6 months.
- Reserva wines: Selected wines of the best vintages that have been aged for a minimum of 3 years, with at least one year in casks. For white wines, the minimum ageing period is 2 years, with at least 6 months in casks.
- Gran Reserva wines: Selected wines from exceptional vintages which have spent at least 2 years in oak casks and 3 years in the bottle. For white wines, the minimum ageing period is 4 years, with at least one year in casks.
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Taste Rating: 7 Cost Rating: 7
Overall Rating: 7.0
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