Campo Viejo Reserva Rioja 2013
Critical AcclaimAll Vintages
The blackberry aromas with hints of toasted oak and nuts are most attractive. Full-bodied, round and silky with a lovely finish. Lots of wood, but holds it together. Drink now.
Evidence of ongoing improvements at this large bodega under winemaker Elena Adell, this is a voluminous and commendable blend, especially in a year like 2013. Tempranillo-based with 15 Graciano and Mazuelo, it’s sappy, floral and elegant with subtle reduction and a core of sweet raspberry fruit. Not bad for 1.5m bottles. 2018-21. Alcohol: 13.5%
Campo Viejo has a long history that dates back to the Roman Empire. However, it has been only in the last century that their name became synonymous with Rioja wines. From the first vintage – brewed in the former Ortigüela winery in 1959 – to the creation of the famous ‘Rioja Bottle’ in 1961 and the unveiling of their new state-of-the-art sustainable winery in 2001, Campo Viejo has been at the forefront of Rioja winemaking.
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.