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Vina Eguia Crianza 2008

Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain

Price: $15.00 $13.99
Save $1.01 (7%)
Item No. 121797
  • RP91
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2009
  • ST90
  • D90

Winemaker's Notes

Selected grapes from Rioja Alavesa vineyards. Soils are a mixture of chalk, sand and clay. The vines have a medium age of 20 to 25 years and are grown using the traditional "gobelet" system. Fifteen days of fermentation and the maceration process is done in temperature controlled stainless steel vats with daily pumpovers to achieve the optimum color and tannin extraction. Malolactic fermentation is conducted in stainless steel tanks and then racked twice before going into oak barrels. The wine is aged in American oak for 12 months, with one racking.

Critical Acclaim

"The 2008 Vina Eguia Crianza is aged in American oak for 12 months. The nose demands coaxing from the glass, but it eventually offers a crisp, natural bouquet of dark berries, burnt toast and singed leather. The palate is very well-balanced, with lithe tannins that caress the mouth. The oak is seamlessly integrated towards the lingering, supple finish. This is a very well-crafted, natural Rioja. Drink now-2018."
91 Points

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Rating:
(3/7/2013)
Style: Smooth & Supple
We wish we had bought more of this wine. Excellent, not a heavy or bold wine but full soft flavors and easy to drink. A different red wine than the US wines. Will be looking for more of this one.
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tiafay - New Haven, CT (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(2/9/2014)
Style: Earth & Spicy
Pair with: tortilla espanola, crispy barbecued pork head
The label describes this wine as "honest," and I couldn't think of a better adjective. Everything to love about tempranillos shines in this wine, and the "lagrimitas" it produces in the glass are beautiful as well.
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Bradley Pine - Washington, DC (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(3/8/2014)
Style: Smooth & Supple
This has been our go-to wine for the last month or two. Very smooth but with full body. Great with salmon and holds up to spicy sauces. Or just to drink alone. Great price too.
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Learn About Vina Eguia

Vina Eguia was founded in 1982, when Julian Murua revived his father's (Jose Murua) winery, which dates back to 1926 in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa.

Learn About Rioja

(ree-OH-hah) This highly regarded area of Spain makes some of the best Tempranillo-based wines in the world. Once the only DOCa (recently joined by Priorat in 2001), Rioja is divided into 3 sub-regions: Rioja Baja, Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa. There are 4 red varieties and 3 white varieties allowed in the Rioja DOC. Tempranillo definitely takes center stage, followed by Garnacha...

Read More About Rioja

Learn About Tempranillo

Tempranillo(temp-ruh-NEE-oh) Grape that Reigns in Spain Most often associated with Spain, Tempranillo is the backbone of wines made in the well-known Spanish regions Rioja and Ribera del Duero. On the scale of light to heavy, Tempranillo lands towards the light side. It tends to be higher in acid and lower in alcohol - common for Old World ...

Read More About Tempranillo

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