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Montecillo Rioja Crianza
Montecillo Rioja Crianza

Style Light red Old World Country Spain Price $12
Vintage tasted 2006 Grapes Tempranillo

Overview Rioja has exacting legal standards governing winemaking; whether a wine qualifies as a crianza, reserva, gran reserva, or merely a plain Rioja is dictated by requirements of aging, grape type, and production volume. Crianza is the second rung up on Rioja’s hierarchy, denoting a wine that has been aged for at least two years, with at least six months in oak barrels. While these wines normally have earthy aromas, this one is much more fruit-forward in style.

Nose We hope you like cherry. Our blind tasters identified candied cherries, sour cherries, and chocolate-covered cherries. There’s also a slight, pleasing animal aroma.

Mouth Though its flavors of malted chocolate and cherries may sound sweet, this wine isn’t at all.
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