Bodegas Campillo Finca Cuesta Clara Raro Reserva 2015
Intense cherry-red color with maroon rim. Generous aroma in which ripe fruit combines harmoniously with vanilla and licorices notes of vanilla and licorice. The palate is ample, full, round, fleshy. Long stately finish.
Ideal pairings include Any kind of meat. It matches with grilled or fried potatoes, mushrooms or ham, tasty or oily fish such as tuna or cod, medium-aged cheese & berry dessert or rice and all kind of pasta.
Critical AcclaimAll Vintages
Ripe berry aromas teeter on raisiny desiccation but manage to stay upright and firm without losing clarity and freshness. This single-vineyard reserva from a warm year feels bold and dense while benefiting from popping acidity. Flavors of mocha, black coffee, dark berry fruits and prune finish with drying tannins and firm acidity that indicate that this has more good years ahead of it. Drink through 2040.
Glass-staining ruby. Powerful, spice-accented aromas of ripe red and dark berries, cherry liqueur, pipe tobacco and potpourri; a smoky mineral top note adds urgency. Sweet, mineral-laced black raspberry, cherry-vanilla, spice cake and floral pastille flavors stain the palate and show impressive back-end energy and lift. Combines power and delicacy with a deft hand and finishes supple, sweet and impressively long, with polished tannin's making a late appearance.
Drinking window: 2024 - 2034
Cuesta Clara is a single plot at 500 metres in Oyon, which has yielded an ambitious, deeply colored Tempranillo that spends 22 months in new French oak. Ripe, intense and smoky with plenty of underlying structure and dark berry fruit and the concentration of the 2015 vintage. 2022-27
Campillo is produced by Bodegas Faustino, one of the most celebrated names in modern Spanish winemaking and the Rioja's single largest source of Reserva and Gran Reserva wines. However, this showcase winery is the Julio Faustino Martinez' personal mission create limited production, hand-crafted wines of exceptional quality united with architectural beauty.
Martinez selected 125 acres in the Laguardia region of the Rioja Alavesa, widely considered the finest area in the Rioja, as the site of his prized estate. The Campillo vineyards, characterized by arid, lime-clay soil and sheltered from extreme weather by the nearby mountain range, offer optimum growing conditions for Tempranillo, the classic Rioja varietal.
Hailed as the star red variety in Spain’s most celebrated wine region, Tempranillo from Rioja, or simply labeled, “Rioja,” produces elegant wines with complex notes of red and black fruit, crushed rock, leather, toast and tobacco, whose best examples are fully capable of decades of improvement in the cellar.
Rioja wines are typically a blend of fruit from its three sub-regions: Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Oriental, although specific sub-region (zonas), village (municipios) and vineyard (viñedo singular) wines can now be labeled. Rioja Alta and Alavesa, at the highest elevations, are considered to be the source of the brightest, most elegant fruit, while grapes from the warmer and drier, Rioja Oriental, produce wines with deep color, great body and richness.