Mature, soft and gentle Crianza Rioja from a great organic winery. I wish more Rioja tasted this good! This is pretty classic, with all that smooth leather business going on but instead of just tasking a great whack of gross American oak you get plenty of fruit for your buck. Very well done.
Crianza dictates 12 months of oak ageing before bottling in Rioja. Urbina use American oak for a traditional Rioja flavour profile dominated by sweet vanilla and blue fruits. A wonderfully soft and easy drinking wine from this outstanding sustainable producer.
Wine: BODEGAS URBINA Rioja Crianza
Producer: Bodegas Urbina
Region/Country: Rioja, Spain
Grape/s: Tempranillo, Graciano,
Production Method: Organic hand harvested grapes. Traditional oak fermentation and maturation
Style: Rich and bold yet softened with age
Pairing Suggestion: Game, red meats, cured meats
Profile: Best known as the preeminent grape in red Rioja, and capable of extremely high quality elsewhere. Tempranillo has many local forms throughout Spain, with slight variations between cultivars grown in Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Toro. Typically the wines are deeply crimson in colour with suitably matched intensity of flavour and vegetal freshness. Elevated acidity and moderate tannins add structure, and Tempranillo is another variety which matches very well to oak maturation. In Rioja the flavours are sometimes covered by rich American oak character, however more producers are eschewing heavy oak and long maturation in favour of freshness.
Classic Regions: Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Toro (Spain)