A Wine for Tonight: 2010 Campo Viejo Rioja Tempranillo

By Kori ~ March 29th, 2012.

Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that won’t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this week’s selection, the 2010 Campo Viejo Rioja 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 Ortigüela. 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.

“We 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.” –Elena Adell, Campo Viejo Winemaker

2010 Campo Viejo Rioja Tempranillo (Rioja, Spain): Deep red in color. Aromatic with molasses, cedar, and herbaceous notes on the nose. More molasses and cedar as well as blackberry and cherry cola come through on the palate. Medium to full-bodied with lively acidity, medium to high 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, $9 to $12

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

Reader's Comments

  1. Catie | April 2nd, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    The older vintages, such as the 2003, is even better. Silky with a long finish. Proof that an affordable wine can age just as nicely as a more expensive one.

  2. Kori | April 3rd, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Great point! Hope all is well in W2. Cheers!