By Kori ~ November 4th, 2010.
Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that wonâ€™t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this weekâ€™s selection, the 2006 Campo Viejo Rioja Crianza Tempranillo from the Rioja region in Spain.
Our selection criteria include:
- A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
- A price tag of <=$15
- Must be widely available
Campo Viejo was founded in 1959 by two winemakers from La Rioja, Beristain and OrtigÃ¼ela. After 50 years, Campo Viejo is still going strong, producing accessible and approachable wines in Rioja. In 2001, Campo Viejo built a new state-of-the-art winery.
â€œWe designed the winery ageing room in dark colors with indirect light, prioritizing a dark, restful atmosphere. I wanted to imprint this character on Campo Viejo Crianza and elaborate a wine which can be defined in two words: velvety and elegant.â€ â€“Elena Adell, Campo Viejo Winemaker
2006 Campo Viejo Rioja Crianza Tempranillo (Rioja, Spain): 85% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha, and 5% Mazuelo. Deep red in color. Aromatic with earth, Red Vines, and barnyard notes on the nose. More earth, red fruit, and smoked meat comes through on the palate. Medium to full-bodied and lively with medium to high, drying tannins and a long finish.
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Received as sample, suggested retail $10; Available elsewhere, $8 to $14
Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, Red Wine, Spanish Wine, Tempranillo, Wines Under $10, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25