Marques de Arienzo Crianza 1997
Originally, the family produced ultra-premium sherries that provided both the Spanish and English Royal Families their private stock. King Fernando VII conceded Domecq the Royal Warrant in the 19th Century, and today the same bodegas supply King Juan Carlos and Queen Sophia of Spain. Domecq's other celebrated customers have included William Pitt, Admiral Nelson, the Duke of Wellington and, more recently, Henry Ford 2nd, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Queen Elizabeth, whose favorite Sherry is La Ina.
Today, Domecq produces sherries, brandies, sparkling wines and Marques de Arienzo Rioja wines, which are exported to more than 102 countries.
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.