Campo Viejo Reserva Rioja 2014
Ruby red color with a golden rim. Bright and deep. Complex aromas. There is a great balance between the fruit (cherries, black plums, ripe blackberries) and the clean nuances of the wood (clove, pepper, vanilla and coconut). The nose is further enriched by the aromas that develop during bottle ageing. Smooth and balanced on the palate with a full, elegant feel and a long, lingering finish.
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An attractive, ripe red-cherry and plum style with plenty of background, woody influence. The palate is smooth-honed and has good depth and shape. Drink or hold.
It's good to see Rioja's largest winery making wines of this quality in substantial quantities. Made from Tempranillo with 10% of Graciano and Mazuelo for structure and backbone and aged in a combination of French and American oak, supple strawberry and raspberry fruit and balancing acidity. 2019-24. Alcohol: 13.5
Oak aging is what drives this classical Rioja, with smokysweet notes of wood and dusty tannins. The red fruit is rich enough to sustain that level of oak, bringing notes of cranberry and mint to match with roast squab or other game
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.